You know that famous phrase- "If you believe in yourself, anything is possible." Now, if you're like me, you'd probably roll your eyes at it. There's a lot of things that I fervently believe in that have yet to come true. But, I'm trying this new thing out where I push myself outside of my comfort zone. I think daily of, "If not now, when?"

So, I signed up for a race. Let's get one thing clear. I hate running. I hate running more than I hate peas (and i HATE peas). Everything jiggles. I'm out of breath. My body hurts. I repeatedly tell myself, "Why are you doing this? I'm actually going to die in 2 seconds." (Spoiler alert: I don't.) But, I pushed myself out of my very comfortable, very safe, very non-exercising comfort zone and signed up for the Electric Run this past weekend. It was a 5k (3.1 miles). Pre-signing up for the race, if I ran across a street I'd consider that my work-out for the week. But once I paid and clicked "Submit," it was on. I began training (yes, I trained for 3.1 miles). I had come to the conclusion with myself that I would never, EVER, be able to run 3 miles completely. I was aiming for one mile-maybe 1.5 miles if I was feeling invincible. I started in October, giving myself (and my body) over 2 months to adjust to this new found hobby.

Flash-forward to Friday: I'm at the race (they said 10,000 were there) and I'm wearing my glow-in-the-dark attire (the race was at night and everything was to be glow-in-the-dark). I told my friends I was nervous. They are all experienced exercise people. They love to run marathons and eat salads. Two things that don't necessarily adhere to my lifestyle. They told me not to worry. Then the announcer yelled "ZONE 13" into the microphone and we were off! And you know what? I ran. I ran the entire 3.1 miles (minus the 100 yards of mud--I would have definitely slipped). I don't know what came over me, but I ran like I was Forest Gump. Of course towards the end I felt like I was running to my death. But, I got to the end and I was SO PUMPED. I actually did it.

You see, that phrase "if you believe in yourself, anything can happen," actually isn't just a phrase. It actually is real. I think what I forgot is that sometimes it's not just belief, but belief and hard work. Because when you're at the starting line, not sure if you're going to fully make it to the finish line, all you have to do is assure yourself that you've worked hard to get to the START and you will get to the END.

Oh, and if you're wondering what I run in: My say-itwear® empowering t-shirt and wristband. Because I'm me- a running hating, couch loving marathon runner. And you know what? That's okay- it's me.

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Dec 4, 2012