Those you inspire are saying:
"I wish I could run like that."
"Maybe I could run that far."
"If he/she can run, I can run."
"I'm going to try to run."
"I can do it!"
"I DID IT!"
So many people say to me that they "can't run"...for whatever reason. 90% of the time it's not true. Some just need to start slower and easier....but I can guarantee that the vast majority of people have the ability to be a runner, and to be a good one. So I just loved this quote. We aren't capable of finding out what we're made of until we try, until we push past the pain, and find the nirvana. It's there, and it's pretty amazing.
But onto the point I have for this blog post...
The more I read over this quote, the more I got stuck on the words "You're crazy."
Do you have any idea how many times I've been told that? I'll joke around with people and tell them that I'm crazy and that's why I run marathons, but I think it's actually a defense mechanism of mine. I don't know why I say it, because I know I'm not actually crazy for taking on the goals that I take on. I think I'm really quite sane...and smart. I'm not putting myself at any real risk by doing what I do. As a matter of fact, I'm turning into the healthiest version of myself that I can. Not crazy at all.
I know most people mean nothing when they say it...perhaps they're in awe, perhaps a little envious, hopefully inspired and eventually motivated to try it themselves. But every once it awhile, it kind of hurts a little. I don't want people to think I've lost my mind by making bigger fitness goals for myself.
Then I started thinking...why do I need to justify any of these choices? I DON'T NEED TO JUSTIFY THEM.
In my life, I will complete at least 30 marathons.
I will complete ultramarathons.
I will complete triathlons.
I will complete back-to-back races.
I will travel internationally for races.
I will qualify for Boston.
I will break 7-min pace in a 5k.
These are my goals and they are lofty. But I will do them.
Because I can.
And to anyone who thinks "I'm crazy" for wanting all this...why don't you try it for yourself? There's plenty of room for all of us.