I Am A Runner.
I may not be an elite or the fastest or the strongest, but I cross the same finish line as everyone else does. No matter what others say, you do you and who cares! You are lapping those on the couch and you are taking care of yourself. Be proud of being yourself no matter what.
The Finish Line.
Crossing that finish line is so emotional as it is such an accomplishment of all the hard work that goes into training for that moment. Just like anything else in life, a race represents the hard work of all that time put in leading up to that one moment in time. It’s a split fraction of time that is so significant in a runner’s life. It should be a celebration!
Those Who Do Not Understand.
I was one of them. One of those people that thought runners were absolutely insane. Like seriously, how boring, it is hard on the joints, it is hard work. Why would anyone want to run that far. Ha! If you see me running, you better run too, because something is chasing me. However, I will admit. I had one caveat. If I were ever to be crazy enough to run, it would have to be Disney. (I am a HUGE Disney fanatic. I will do pretty much anything for Disney)
Non-Runners and Runners Beware. It Happened.
Well, funny thing happened. My sister-in-law was watching one of her friends celebrate running the Tinkerbell Half Marathon a few years ago at Disneyland. She called me up and said, “You know. I am looking to get into better shape. My friend just did this and I think it would be kind of fun. Want to do it with me?” AAAAAghhh! What?! Seeing that there was no way I could say no to family getting healthier AND Disney, I was like, “You are CRAZY! But, ok, I will for you.”
Signing Up For The First Race.
It’s a little scary. Not going to lie. We signed up for the following year’s race, The Disneyland Half Weekend which falls over Labor Day weekend and my birthday, so bonus! In fact, my family of course was like, wait, running through Disney? What about us? So that led us to signing up for the 5k, then my sister-in-law decided she would start with the 10k, and I had committed to run the half with another friend by this time, a more seasoned runner. Wait, what?!? A 5k, 10k, and a half marathon in three days back to back. What was I thinking. 3.1 + 6.2 + 13.1 = 22.4 miles! Never ran a race before in my life and I was going all in!
Crazy thing is, I did it! I trained and worked my way up to it and it’s wasn’t pretty, but I crossed all three finish lines with my family and friends. It felt incredible!
Since then, I have completed the Avengers 10k, the Tinkerbell 10k and Half Marathon Challenge, and the Disneyworld’s Wine and Dine Half Marathon which also awarded me the Coast to Coast Challenge medal for completing a Disneyland half and a Disney World half in the same year.
The Runners Journey
I may not be elite and not the fastest or the strongest, but it’s my journey. Not all races are my cup of tea as I am pretty partial to Disney. Hey, it gives me the willpower to do something I would have never done before. The whole point of this is find your passion, something that gives you the willpower to fight for yourself. Give running a chance. You may never know until you actually try it. Runner or not, stop being critical of yourself or judging others. Run your race and be proud of your accomplishments. In the end it’s the same finish line and same medal that we earn.
Do Something Amazing,