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Don’t Let Labels Define You: Finding My Stride




“The advice I have for beginners is the same philosophy that I have for runners of all levels of experience and ability: consistency, a sane approach, moderation, and making your running an enjoyable, rather than dreaded, part of your life.”Bill Rodgers



Hello Friends!


Flashback to about 8 months ago, I received a random text from a friend. She said, “Hey, come to Las Vegas, and run a half marathon with me!”


Let’s be real: not only did I not consider myself a runner. I could barely walk a 5K without feeling like I was knocking on Death’s door. 😅 Why would I want to go run a half marathon, I'm not a runner I thought to myself... Running 13 miles sounded impossible. I had no idea if I could run that far, even if I wanted to do it… But how you ever gonna know if you don’t try?


So I thought about it for about 10 minutes.. And of course I said yes. I almost always say yes... Something in me shifted that day, it wasn't like a light switch where suddenly I'm running without pain. It was more about having a goal, working to something that I didn't think I could do.


For 20 weeks, I trained. I laced up my sneakers, hit the pavement, and battled those inner demons that whispered, “You’re not a runner.” Inner dialogue is so important the voice you repeat in your head is controllable but it's a constant battle.


And guess what? Before the half marathon, I found myself running 13 miles on a random Sunday! Small consistent actions, they add up! You go from not being a runner to being a runner.


 A few weeks ago, I attempted my first marathon. The finish line was illusive, but zero regrets.


Three weeks later, I crossed the finish line with no problems. In fact it was essentially a party the entire time! This is an actual dancefloor after the finish line.




Here’s the thing: Labels limit us. They put us in neat little boxes, stifling our potential. But we’re more than labels. We’re resilient, adaptable, and capable of surprising ourselves. 🌟


So, my friends, whether you’re a “non-runner,” a “beginner,” or anything else, remember this because it applies to all areas of your life:

  1. Push Yourself: You’re stronger than you think. Embrace discomfort, because that’s where growth happens.

  2. Celebrate Accomplishments: No matter how small, every step forward is worth celebrating. 🎉

  3. F(orget) Labels: Don’t let them define you. You’re not just a title; you’re a masterpiece in progress.


Enjoy this journey called life! 🙌 Let’s keep running, dreaming, and proving ourselves wrong.


 

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