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How to Do Something You Never Thought Possible

May 5, 2008

I just ran another 5K yesterday.  This is my second, in my whole life.  To prepare, I have trained over time to run 4 or 5 miles at a time.  I’m not fast, but as someone on the track said, “You sure have endurance, for your age.”  I wasn’t a runner my whole adult life, but three years ago I learned of a marathon runner who began at age 70.  Now, I don’t anticipate being a marathon runner.  That is really too hard on the knees, hips and ankles.  I want to die with all my original joints, thank you!  But I figured 5K runs, and maybe even an occasional 10K run might be in the cards for me. 

Because I had never run in adulthood, running even half a mile wasn’t possible for me in the beginning.  My first time out, I just wanted to see how far I could run, and I was surprised that I actually ran somewhere between 1/16 and 1/8 of a mile.  (Thats between 1/4 and 1/2 a loop on a standard track).  And I wasn’t even fast at that!  I figured my first guess was probably right–I wasn’t made for running.  But I persisted–probably because of the 70+ year old marathon runner.  Within a month, I was running a mile.  By the end of 6 months, I was running 2 miles, and by the end of a year, I could run 2 1/2 miles.  Finally in my second year of running, I ran my first 5K.  I did well just to finish, but considering I was the oldest female to enter it and actually run, I was pretty pleased.  Then yesterday I ran another 5K and won in my age category.  Yes, they did have to start a new category, but I was pleased because I came in ahead of all the ladies who were ten years younger, and most of the ladies who were 20 years younger than me.

What is the moral of the story?  Don’t give up too soon.  What you are able to do today may not be representative of what you can do in the future if you train for it.  That can apply to anything!  You may have the ability to do something you never imagined you could do, if you could just train for it or study for it.  You may be lacking the building blocks right now, but step by step, you can build your foundation, and then build on your foundation and surprise yourself and everyone else at what you can eventually achieve.