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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

capability

If we all did the things we are capable of doing,
we would literally astound ourselves.
- Thomas Edison

Over the course of the last several months, I have been literally astounded by all that my body is capable of.  As I pushed through the self doubt, listened to my body and followed my heart, my strength and my courage grew.  I began to dream.  I got faster.  Paces which used to be super fast for me, became my comfort zone.

One year ago if you had told me that I would be training to qualify for the Boston Marathon with a sub-3:40 marathon time, and that it would be well within my reach, I am certain that I would not have believed you.

Not even for a second.  

I was a 4:35 marathoner who believed that I had a 4:00 marathon in me, and I was also 9 months pregnant with my third baby one year ago.  My hopes and dreams then, as far as running goes, were to regain my fitness, figure out how to balance it all with three young children, and strive for a 4:00 marathon finish.


It was the essence of my belief in myself though, the conviction that I had more in me - that I could push past my limits, that I could realize the truth of my full potential, that I was responsible for defining myself as a runner - that kept me moving forward, and still does.  My belief and passion have woken me up to all that I am capable of.  I have learned to never give up, to trust that there is always room for growth and for improvement.

Whether it's in my running, or in any aspect of my life and my character - I want to be the best ME that I can be.  I want to know what I am capable of.

I want to continue to be astounded.

7 comments:

I love the moment when I realized I was fully capable of hitting my goals. I think the older I get I get the confidence to believe in myself and thus see what my body can do. I can't believe you have an almost one year old and you are already back to being as fast as you are.

Thank you for your kind comment on my blog. I have read your blog for a while and am honored to have you say that as your running inspires me. I can't wait to follow you along in your final training for DC RNR. Believe in yourself, you can do it!

Wow! What a fitness inspiration!! I love what you said, "Whether it's in my running or in any aspect of my life and my character - I want to be the best ME that I can be. I want to know what I am capable of." LOVE that!!!

This post gives me hope. I've been struggling a little mentally with getting slower during the pregnancy, and I'm left wondering if I'm ever going to get back to normal - forget getting faster at this point. Thanks lady :)

That's incredible progress you made in one year, especially after having a baby! I'm really excited about training to get faster, but am also considering expanding our family, so it's nice to be encouraged that both can happen in a relatively short amount of time.

I've also found that being a mom has given me the extra push to take my running up a notch--it's my special hobby, that gives me an identity apart from my daughter, and it's only been since she was born that I was motivated to train for my first marathon, start working on speed, etc. I enjoyed these reflections!

I loved this post!
I am always amazed at what our bodies are capable of and how they can take us where we never thought possible. If we believe and listen to our bodies it always turns into a great adventure with an amazing finish.

I just found your blog and wow, this is amazing. An hour faster after your third baby! That is very inspiring. I'm expecting my second in July and am wondering how I am going to fit in training with 2 kids but reading posts like this makes me realize that we are capable of so much, we just have to believe in ourselves and put in some hard work. Great job to you!

Wow, inspiring!!! Love the treadmill pics and I'm amazed of your progress. That makes me believe I might be able to do it too! Thanks :)

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