From "I can't" to "I can"
Sunday, June 19, 2011
I am ashamed to say that I have under-lived the last 27 years. One of the things I have learned about myself these last three months is that I have used the phrases "I can't" and "I am not" way to much throughout my life.
I can't run
I am not built for running
I can't breathe when I run
I can't run a mile without stopping, how can a run a 5k.
I am not a runner, I never will be
You get the picture. Since running my first 5k in April I have discovered a couple things.
I can run
I am built for running
I can breathe as long as I focus
I can run 4 miles with out stopping at 9:30 min/mile pace while talking
I AM A RUNNER
and I AM going to make it a life style by running a half marathon at the end of the summer. That's right I AM and I CAN. This is realization that I AM a runner amazes and disappoint me.
I AM amazed at what my body can do; the body that I used to get so frustrated with that I would end my mile attempts sobbing and give up. I AM amazed by what lies ahead; there are no limits to what I CAN make this body do with a little dedication and hard work.
I AM disappointed that it took me 27 years to figure out what I AM capable of. I AM disappointed that I let myself down by not pushing through the struggles in the past and saying I CAN'T. I AM disappointed that I never realized my potential. I AM going to take that disappointment store it the back of my brain and the next time I feel like saying "I can't" or "I am not" pull that disappointment out look at it and tell it to jump off the nearest cliff. Because I CAN, I AM and I WILL!