My sister and I are very similar, but very different. Basically, our blog is made up of the things we do together, plus the things we love. For me, it’s running/fitness. For Ashley, it’s photography.
I’m really excited to be guest-posting for Meg today! Since one of her goals for the year is to run a half-marathon, I thought that would be a good focus for my little stint in Pink Giggles Land!
I ranmy first half marathon in November. It was one of the biggest challenges I’ve ever faced and one of my greatest accomplishments all at the same time.
I just registered for my second one, which will be in May, and my goal is to improve by over 7 minutes to get it under two hours. For this, I certainly need some inspiration. Enter the awesome post-race gift my sister gave me after my first half marathon: a book of inspiration from my family, friends, and others.
I thought I’d share some of my favorite quotes from this book to help inspire some people out there to take the leap and go for the half marathon!
“Success isn’t how far you got, but the distance you traveled from where you started.” (Proverb)
When I started running, I did the “Couch to 5K” program, and running more than 2 straight minutes was crazy intimidating to me. A year and a half later, I ran two straight hours without stopping. It’s amazing what the body can do!
“Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves. Break our own records, to outstrip our yesterday by our today.” (Anonymous)
I have always been a competitive person, and I didn’t expect to find satisfaction from a non-team sport. Boy, was I wrong! The most amazing thing about the half marathon had nothing to do with all the people around me or the place I finished. It was how much I proved to myself about how strong I really am and how much I am truly capable of.
“All who have accomplished great things have had great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which is high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.” (Orison Swett Marden)
At first, 13.1 seems like a lot. OK, I won’t lie…during the race, 13.1 feels like a lot. And it is. But that’s what makes it cool! You can do it, and you will probably love it.
The moral of the story? Go for it! What’s the worst that can happen?