Three years ago this weekend, I walked in a 5K. A group from our neighborhood went to the event, with several of the friends participating in the half marathon. I speed-walked the 5K. It was challenging. I finished, but I walked as fast as I could and didn’t have much of anything left to give by the end.
Three years ago (2nd from left):
This past weekend, a small group from our neighborhood made a return trip to this same race. This time, however, I ran the half marathon.
Same beach, this year:
The race is completely confined to a state park containing tall trees, beautiful beaches and cold waters still filled with mini-icebergs. The hills were challenging, but empowering. With about a quarter of a mile before the end, we rounded a bend and caught sight of the finish line.
Unexpectedly, my eyes welled up and I burst into tears. The woman running next to me, thinking I was faltering, turned to me with encouragement. “You’ve got this! You can do it!” Indeed I could. I wasn’t faltering. My tears were from the realization that three years ago, I was standing in that very place watching and cheering for others. I was on the sideline. Now I’m in the game.
Wherever you find yourself today or wherever you’re hoping to go, take small steps in that direction. Before you know it, you’ll look back and be surprised by how far you’ve come! You CAN do it!