I was going through my drawers tonight and I found an 'old' t-shirt. The shirt was from 2019 so old is definitely a figure of speech, but I haven't seen it in awhile. The shirt I found was from the 2019 Disney Marathon Weekend 5k. I hadn't worn it in a long time so when it caught my eye it came as a surprise.
If you're unaware of my story, the 2019 5k down in Disney World was the official beginning of my running career. I had never toed a start line prior to this day and I never had any desire to either. I hated running on this day as well despite being in the Happiest Place on Earth, but when I got to the finish line the tables began to turn. Something happened that day that made me gravitate towards running.
In early January of 2019, I would've called anyone crazy who said I'd be running 260 miles from Canada to Connecticut only 17 months later. When I saw the 5k shirt tonight, I realized how much I've accomplished in the past 17 months. I'm not here to brag because people have done much more than me, but I am here to say that you can do anything you want with the right mindset and the hunger to go get the job done.
The transformation from 5k to ultra runner wouldn't have been possible without doing the work. The tale is as old as time...In order to accomplish anything, YOU HAVE TO DO THE WORK! In my experience though, the best things in life require working hard to attain them. Reaching the goal is great, but when I look back on my journey thus far, the real prize was the transformation along the way and the person I became by putting in the required work. Not only did it get me to my initial ultra running goals, but it created a lasting change in my life.
It doesn't have to be running. It can be any goal you want, but if you do the work almost anything is possible. Yes of course, we all have limitations! I'm never going to play in the NBA. I suck at basketball. Despite this, there are things that we can get in life, but we self construct our own limitations. If we don't try, we have no clue what we can do and when effort is mixed with hunger, nearly anything is possible. You just have to truly be willing to do the work!
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