I have to thank Judy for inspiring me today.
Today’s topic is: Five Things They Said I Couldn’t Do But I Thought I Could
By “THEY” I mean – my hubby, my doctor and/or my friends.
- “You just started running. You can’t run a sub-30 minute 5k.”
I am not athletic and never was but I thought I could and I was right. I signed up for a lot of 5k races and finally I could finish in 29:55 that first summer.
2. “You don’t run fast enough to win your age group.”
You don’t have to be fast but you may have to be old. And more importantly, it depends on who shows up. But I thought I could win an award and I did…many many times.
3. “It’s dangerous. You can’t hike alone.”
“What if you get lost?” “What if you get hurt?”
I could hike solo and I enjoyed it immensely. The trails I tackle are easy and clearly marked.
And none of those things happened.
Being able to do it by myself gave me more flexibility in choosing times and locations.
4. You’ve only run 5ks. You can’t run a half marathon.
That was my hubby talking. He was worried about what would happen to me if I tried and failed.
But I thought that I could run 13.1 miles and I did it!!
5. You’ve had a serious injury. You probably won’t be able to run and definitely not long distances.
My ortho said that and I was devastated but I didn’t believe him.
I had a broken tibia and fibula – 8 screws and a plate (that are still in my ankle).
It was five months before I tried to run. But there have been over a hundred races since including 21 half marathons.
So yes, I could run after ankle surgery.
In other words, I totally agree with Henry Ford:
You just have to want to and not be afraid to try.
Everyone has different goals and desires. You need to decide what you want to succeed at and go for it!!!
Happy Running! How have you conquered the naysayers?