On January 12th I completed the Disney Half Marathon during Disney Marathon Weekend.
Admittedly, I could have trained harder for this race. It was my first half marathon and I started training strong and I allowed life to get in the way. As I crossed the finish line, what felt like the hardest thing I had ever done, I swore to myself that I would never do that again.
In fact, when my supportive family and friends asked how I was doing I replied with, “That is the most terrible thing I have ever experienced, and I’ve had children. I am never doing that again.”
Fast forward to about six hours later and I had started thinking about whether or not more consistent training would change my experience. I began wondering if I had it in me to beat my time, and whether this was something I could attempt again.
Here we are, two months later, and I am registered for the Disney Wine & Dine Challenge. It takes place in November 2019 and I am counting down the months! You see, I turn 35 this November and I am determined to be in the best shape of my life by 35. Not only physically but mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. The first half of my 30s have been good to me but I haven’t appreciated them like I could have. I haven’t utilized them in the most optimal way. I’ve sort of half-assed my way through these last few years under the notion that I was working hard to better myself.
While I have worked to better myself, I have been dragging my feet and that had to stop. What changed? Cancer. Divorce. The reality that the future is coming whether I plan for it or not and I am responsible for making my dreams come true. I am responsible for me.
What I’ve learned from my race training has carried over into every area of my life. Yes, I am looking forward to the physical and mental challenge of running a 10k and a half back to back days – but it is so much more than that. This challenge represents the commitment I’ve made to myself in honoring my body. Your body is your temple, and the only one you get in this life. That is something I have to remind myself of daily. There are days in which finding the drive to get things done means digging deep into your “why” and knowing yourself and your reasons. We often hear that from motivational speakers and it may sound cliched, but knowing your “why” will keep you moving forward when motivation isn’t around. Trust me when I say that more often than not, motivation will be nowhere to be found. Motivation comes during the process, in the middle, once inspiration and progress is shining through. Rarely does it show up from the jump. You must have the drive to fulfill your “why” and honor yourself.
As I work toward this new challenge, others will come along, and I will embrace them as part of my journey.
Also, if you know anything about me you know that I absolutely love Disney and wouldn’t turn down the chance to spend the weekend there! I’ll be tracking my training progress here along the way!
Here are a couple of awesome moments from my first half marathon at Disney!