When I left for work 4 months ago I brought a couple books with me. One of these books was Jen Sincero’s “you are a badass: how to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life” to read throughout my time.
At first I was hesitant to read it because I assumed it would be a lot of “stop this” “start that” and just every stereotypical thing I could think of about a “self-help” book, especially when I wouldn’t consider myself someone who is depressed or necessarily needs “self-help”. But it keeps showing up on social media and blogs I follow and my suggested for you on Amazon or audible so why not??
While some chapters I skipped through there were many valid and interesting points that the book made which really had me thinking about what makes me happy and going after what you want and taking that leap of faith.
At the same time I had just read about the world marathon challenge and told people about it and while it didn’t peak their interest, I couldn’t stop thinking about it.
We’re always told if you can’t stop thinking about something you should do it, so this was that moment for me.
I have never ran a marathon. I have never pushed my body through grueling torturous workouts. I don’t even consider myself a runner. But I cannot imagine passing up doing this challenge while I am physically able.
So terrified as I am. I’m taking the plunge and running. Running for my life. Running to do something that makes me sick with nausea and excitement just thinking about it.
In chapter 6: love the one you is. She talks about doing things you love.
“We’re all busy but it’s the people who make enjoying their life a priority who enjoy their life. right now there are thousands of people all the world that yogurt treats overlooking the ocean dancing or asses off at outdoor music festivals or will bring it out on Disney cruise of their dreams really listened to how you speak and pay attention to what you do and make it conscience effort to increase your joy and whatever capacity you can… It’s about being proactive about creating a life you love instead of meekly living the one you think you’re stuck with. give yourself the gift of a joyous life while you’re still among the living”
Now I don’t consider myself as meekly living a life I’m stuck with, I am very happy with where I am. I love my job, my friends and family. But running is a pass time that I have always enjoyed but never thought of it as anything more than that, I would run, then I’d be busy and stop running, back and forth.
So not only is this about running 7 marathons in 7 days. But about all that running leading up to it. All the running and training I’m going to be doing up to that moment. I’m committing myself to much more than 183.4 miles. Im taking something I’ve always enjoyed and making it a priority in my life, same as I prioritize work and family.
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