+/- 3,000 miles…am I crazy?
First blog post ever!! I’ve never had my writing out in the open, but I am excited to share my journey with y’all every step of the way (pun intended).
Just some thoughts…
This run will be the most challenging thing I will have gone through so far in my life. Of course it will be physically challenging, but I am doing everything I can to control that- hiring a running coach, personal trainer, and nutritionist. While it’s going to be painful, I am confident I will physically be able to withstand everything- I’m a natural athlete and I won’t succumb to defeat. Mentally, it’s a different story. While I consider myself to be mentally tough, this is going to test everything I could ever imagine and more. My whole life I have been apart of team sports and now I’m doing the most individual sport you could do; endurance running. While it’s going to take a team to make this whole thing happen, at the end of the day, it’s just me running. It’s a solo act and I’ve never been in this situation. Part of me knows I can handle it and get through it, but another part of me knows I have absolutely no idea what I’m getting myself into. I grew up being told these three phrases from my dad, “Dare to be great, fight the good fight, and never give up”. They’ve always applied to me throughout my life, but for some reason now more than ever are they really making sense.
I expect this to be hard, I expect this to be extremely painful, and I expect that I will want to stop at some points. While there are a lot of things I don’t know for sure, I do know this: I will be so inspired everyday to run because of CAF. I know my struggles will be just a fraction of what some people go through everyday. I’m going to be driven to do everything I can to make this a success so other people can find their joy through sport.
On a different note, I also expect to learn a lot about myself- I mean who wouldn’t after 3 months of running? I’m 23 years old. I feel like I’m in that awkward stage where I don’t have any idea what I’m going to do with my life, or really even know how to properly “adult”. Yet, still old enough to where I’m expected to have a grip and know absolutely everything there is to know about mortgages, taxes, and the current price of milk. I’m thinking by the end of this I’ll have more of an idea of what my purpose is. There’s a lot happening in life, but I am mostly excited to take on this journey with an open mind, go day by day, and see where this wild ride takes me.