Yes, that’s me there, smiling all nice and proud of myself in the car after completing my first half marathon. Needless to say it was a pretty big moment for me to make it to the end but I didn’t realize at the time how much it means to those around me. While my lovely other half, cheering squad and driver for the morning was just as proud of me as I was there were plenty more that was just as deeply proud, supportive and just all round amazed which is always a wonderful feeling. (before I go any further a big thank you to everyone for your support and kind words, in the lead up, during and at the end of the race)
The half marathon achievement this year was one of my main personal goals and I was determined to make it happen. Needless to say it almost seemed like the universe was trying to tell me not to for a little while there. Why? Well, there was the hand fracture causing me to have a cast on which in turn as you can imagine is not ideal to train long distance in, so I did a lot of lunges and squats instead. Then once I had my cast taken off it was about mid March so had just over 2 months until my race, great lets start training!! However my body wasn’t entirely matching up and soon I was told by my podiatrist to give the running a rest for two weeks to avoid further damage to my feet. No worries, I still have plenty of time, I can do this and that was pretty much my only thought throughout the rest of the lead up, I can do this. It is amazing how much you can achieve when you put your mind to it and really just go for what you want. This I tend to remember to apply to various areas in life including business.
Sure I’ll admit that I didn’t have the most ideal lead up to the race that I would have liked but that is what happens, things come up but that doesn’t mean you can’t still go for what you want to achieve. You just have to adapt.
So came the big race, was I nervous, yes but did I doubt myself, no. I knew that I could do it, along with those who have been apart of my training journey knew that I could. One thing I certainly know now for sure is that ability helps but mental strength is what is going to get you to the end. Around the 16km-18km mark began the process of telling my body that it is ok, that you simply have to put one foot in front of the other and don’t stop to walk, you want to say you run this whole thing. Then yes I can see the finish line and heck for some reason you have the energy now to just almost sprint the last 500m and finish strong. Wow the relief of reaching the finish line, proudly saying that I have not just completed my first half marathon but I have also run the whole way along with being under 2 hours (1hr 57mins to be exact).
It is all of that which is a great feeling but it is also the realization that if I can do that and test myself in that way then that is a strong reflection of myself as a person both personally and professionally. Applying that determination, drive and passion in everything else that I do especially my business really hits home.
Finishing a half marathon was an amazing personal goal but the biggest learning from it is not that I can run 21.1kms but that I have the ability to achieve anything I set my mind to.