How Running a Marathon Taught Me Anything is Possible

How running a marathon changed my lifeRun a Marathon? – Yes you can!!!

Many of us have had the fleeting thought as we see the Olympic marathon runners cross the finish line, that running a marathon is on our bucket list! Just as quickly, we dismiss the idea that we could never do it. However, this dream is definitely achievable if you are willing to make the commitment.

Okay, you may not want to run a marathon but there may be something you really want to achieve. I hope my story and the suggestions made will encourage you to go for whatever you want.

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I am now 57 years old and up until 6 years ago my fitness regime was erratic.  I started running 7 years ago and had competed in my first half marathon when I turned 50.

If you had said in the beginning that I would be able to run I would have laughed at the idea. I was working in an office with 5 women all much younger than me. The decision was made to run in a 10km fun run and at that time I couldn’t even run from one lamp post to the next.

Reluctantly I purchased some running shoes and donned the t-shirt and shorts and joined them for runs (or should I say a fast walk) after work a couple of times a week.

if you dream itAt first, I struggled as I was not fit. Running is definitely a mind game that you play and I certainly didn’t want to play this game. However, I stuck at it and the short jogs became longer each week until I could run a distance without requiring paramedic assistance!

We achieved the first goal of starting and then continued until we all completed the 10km Fun Run. Receiving the finishers’ medal was a great feeling even though every finisher received one.

I must have been delirious at the time however, as I suggested to the girls that we aim for a half marathon and although they agreed that my mental state was not sound at the time, we set the goal for the following year. I would run a half marathon before I turned 50!

Once that goal was achieved (and of course another finishers’ medal to prove it), I thought I had achieved it all. But there was a voice that popped up every now and then asking why I didn’t try to achieve the final goal of a marathon.

I had joined a gym with my husband in September 2011. He joined for health reasons and it made it easier to go with someone else as you are more likely to stick with it because you don’t want to let the other person down. We love travelling and wanted to be healthy and fit to enjoy life to the full and the many wonders that the world has to offer.

During a Saturday morning social run with my friends (we now call ourselves the Saturday Sisters) in early 2012, I blurted out that I was going to run a marathon – 42.2kms!

Well, that was it, I had spoken the words out loud to others and so my pride kicked in to ensure that I at least gave it a shot. My goal was to complete the marathon before my 55th birthday later that year. My husband was very supportive and encouraged me to ‘go for it’ and what was the worst that could happen?

And so began the many months of training and education.dig deeper

Having never run a marathon before I researched training programs from the internet and found one that would be suitable. I needed to educate myself on what foods to eat to provide me with enough energy during the training runs and also the marathon itself.  To be totally fit you need to exercise and watch what you eat in order for your body to perform at its optimum level.  Again, my husband was great and made sure I had everything I needed to keep up the energy levels.

Keeping focused and committed to my goal was important and that meant not missing any training sessions.  The gym was great as I had to fit in training sessions around work and home, sometimes going to the gym at 4:30am!!  With the gym being open 24/7 I would always make a training session even if I couldn’t run outside.

Improving core strength was important so I made sure that I did some gym work revolving around that.  Exercises like the plank, tummy crunches, squats and light weights all helped to improve my overall strength in addition to the running.

It wasn’t easy to leave a nice warm bed on cold, dark mornings but it is so worth it in the end when you achieve your goal.

I managed to convince my friend who had been training me to enter the run and also a colleague from work. They were both just as nervous as I but were so elated when they had achieved the goal. It made my day when they both said that if it wasn’t for me they would not have done it. That was a special feeling for me to know I had inspired others.

The months flew by and suddenly the day had arrived. I felt good because I had put the work in. I felt relaxed because let’s face it I wasn’t going to be leading the pack so was content to run my own race. I achieved the time I wanted and ran the whole 42km.

marathon medalThe feeling of achievement coming over that finish line is fantastic and emotional. Now I had the finishers’ medal to prove it!!! Two weeks later I celebrated my 55th birthday.

Since then I have completed bootcamp 3 mornings a week and am fortunate to travel overseas for holidays. I have now retired from full time work but haven’t retired from life! I try to surround myself with positive people who can inspire me.  I have a great personal trainer who keeps me going and my Saturday Sisters who I love to run with for the social weekly chat.

As I mentioned earlier, running a marathon may not be your thing but any goal you want to achieve has the same components to running a marathon.

Remember, You can do anything if you set your mind to it.  Just believe in yourself and keep focused on your goal and you will achieve it Be happy and healthy!

What is your goal?  The question is not how but when will you achieve it? Read my blog on 8 Steps to Achieving Your Goal. YOU CAN DO IT!

 

marathonerIf you aren’t convinced or motivated click on this link http://www.runnersworld.com/newswire/91-year-old-finishes-san-diego-marathon to read the Runners World article about this wonderful 92 year old lady achieving her dreams

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38 thoughts on “How Running a Marathon Taught Me Anything is Possible

  1. Jebbica

    Wow, you are amazing! I am very in awe of you. I can’t even run one mile. I can barely run one minute! I keep starting those Couch25K things but usually fail within the second week. Yo go girl!

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    1. sue Post author

      Thank you Jebbica! Running isn’t for everyone so you need to look for something you enjoy. Even a brisk walk keeps you healthy. Thanks for your positive comments.

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  2. Debra

    I love this blog. Thank you so much for sharing. I can identify with everything you say, except I have NOT ever come even close to running a marathon. On my 45th birthday I said I was going to run a marathon when I turned 50. Well, 50 has come and gone, and I am no closer to running a marathon now that I was at 45. I do still get out there and run a few days a week, but it’s mostly a morning sweat stroll for me. It’s my time to just be alone and enjoy nature. I can find every excuse in the book not to go but when I do I feel so much better when I’m done. I think I have finally decided that I’m not a runner after all, but I admire those who are, and I keep pounding away at it for my own peace of mind. I’m not winning any medals, but I am lapping a few couch potatoes.
    I am in awe and inspired by you, thanks again for sharing.

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    1. sue Post author

      Not everyone enjoys running but at least you are doing something! Its all about keeping fit and healthy in your own way. I’m so glad you enjoyed my post and hope you will follow more of my posts. Have a great weekend and don’t forget to Sizzle!

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    1. sue Post author

      Thank you Mackenzie for the opportunity to link up and giving me the inspiration to write the post. I’m so glad you felt motivated. It makes you feel great when you get positive feedback doesn’t it? Thanks again and see you next week!

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  3. Thomas Ives

    Such an amazing story. Thank you for sharing this. This has helped me put my goals in a different perspective. #debbieinshape

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  4. Charissa

    You lay out great steps to reaching a goal we can all use, set a goal, research, have a plan, and stick with it. I jog a couple times a week, but have no aspirations of running a race. My current goal I am working on is paying for my husband’s education so he can graduate without student loans. #debbieinshape

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    1. sue Post author

      Hi Charissa and thank you for commenting in my post. You have an excellent goal to work towards and as I said the steps outlined can be used for any goal that you have.

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    1. sue Post author

      Oh thank you Janine!!! There is always hope but you don’t have to be a runner just find something you enjoy and go for it! Thanks for the comment.

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  6. SaltyBug

    This is such a wonderful post. Inspiring, motivating, interesting. All of it. Your pride oozes through the words. I have dreamt of doing a marathon for years now and lacked the courage due to numerous injuries I’ve encountered from running. You know what, I’m going to revisit that dream. Thank you.

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    1. sue Post author

      Oh thank you so much for your lovely words and I’m so happy that I have encouraged you to revisit your dream. It isn’t easy but if you are determined and take your injuries into account you will be fine. You can do it!!!

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  7. Abby Aliwalas

    It’s true. Anything is possible if you want it bad enough! ^_^ I had the same goal of crossing the finish line 2 years ago. And the moment I decided to run a marathon, my life has changed.

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    1. sue Post author

      Yes I read your post. It is a special feeling isn’t it! It changed my life in many ways. Thanks for commenting.

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    1. sue Post author

      Oh thank you Morgan. I’m glad you enjoyed the post and yes I have to admin I felt very proud of myself at the end. It had taken 6 months of dedicated training and it paid off. Thanks for your comment.

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  8. cathy

    hi Sue!
    I am a yoga convert myself, and know that sticking with something isn’t always easy, but the payoff is so worth it. Congratulations to you on setting and reaching your goals!

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    1. sue Post author

      Hi Cathy, yoga is great isn’t it. I’ve had to miss the last few weeks due to runs scheduled on the same day, so I’m really hanging out for a session. Thank you for taking the time to comment and hope to hear from you again.

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    1. sue Post author

      Thank you so much for the wonderful supportive words about my post. I do appreciate your promotion of it. I just want people to realise that they can do things if they put their mind to it. There is a big world out there to explore and live so my aim is to encourage people to do just that. Once again I am so humbled by your words. Have a lovely day!

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    1. sue Post author

      Thank you Beth, I’m so glad you enjoyed it. There were times I wondered if I would get there but in the end I was ecstatic! Thanks for your good wishes.

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    1. sue Post author

      Wow Kathleen thank you so much! I really enjoy the Fridays Blog Booster party and am thrilled this post did so well

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  11. Wendy

    Sue, this is great! I am so proud of you — and inspired, too! Aaaand, this is just what I need to read right now. I started Couch to 5K earlier this month, and am struggling, not so much with motivation, but with pain (which is definitely affecting my motivation!). My progress has been much slower than what I had hoped because I have to keep stopping to let something heal. But, I haven’t given up! If I can’t work through the difficulties, it may be that I will be forced to find another form of exercise, and that’s okay. I’m not doing this because I love to run or even because I want to run a 5K; I just want to be ABLE to run one! 🙂

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    1. sue Post author

      Oh thank you so much Wendy what lovely words. I’m glad I could provide some inspiration to you. As I said you don’t have to run a marathon any challenge will show you that you can do it. Keep up the good work but listen to your body as you don’t want to do permanent damage. I’d love you to keep me updated. thanks for the kind words.

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  12. Rosemond

    You are an inspiration! I’ve always wanted to run a longer race, my longest was six miles. On my bucket list and I’m now 50, guess I need to get to it!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Oh how lovely of you Rosemond! I know you could do it if you wanted to so put it on the bucket list and you go girl! Why not get your daughter to do it with you?

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