August 26th, 2013
Don’t fall over in your seat or anything, but I’ve been running lately.
Which might not seem like that big a deal to most of you, but to me, it’s colossal.
I’ve always hated running. Like with a passion.
I think the best time for the mile I’ve ever gotten was 12 minutes. And that’s when I was 11 years old.
I hate running so much that in high school, I used to beg my mom to write a note saying I didn’t have to run the weekly mile on Fridays.
(Ironically this was named the “Friday Fun Run.” Psssssh—as if there was ANYTHING fun about it.)
But I’ve been doing this running thing lately. Mostly because I got dared to.
My nail chick said she’s been running 6 miles regularly. And she was like, “I bet you could do it.”
And I was all, “Not in a million freakin’ years!”
And then she was like, “Yeah, just start off with 2 miles and then bump it up. You can do it. I know it for a fact.”
The next day, I set out to run two miles. At a time. Which is two more than I’ve run in about two years.
And I did it. And it felt good.
And I wanted to quit at about 0.2 miles in, but I didn’t. I kept going because gosh darnit…I had to report back that I could do it.
Once I hit two miles, I couldn’t believe it. I was proud. I was sweaty. I felt good.
Not a huge accomplishment for some, but for me it was a big deal.
So then I decided to do it 20 more times for the rest of the month.
(I mean…why not…I like having goals.)
And as I’ve been embarking on this running journey, I’ve realized a few things.
1) Each and every run is a challenge. Each first mile, I want to quit. It hurts, I’m uncomfortable, I’m bored, I’m annoyed. But after I reach that mile mark, the second one is easier.
2) Each and every run has at least ten moments where I say to myself, “I should just start walking, this sucks, screw it.” And each and every time I have to counter that voice with another one, saying, “Keep it going girl, you can do this.”
3) It’s like each run is a very physical and tangible manifestation of what happens in life all the time….things feel hard, we want to quit, we don’t think we can make, but if we don’t quit, and we DO keep going, it feels awesome and we can accomplish things we never thought possible.
I like running for this reason. It’s a physical reminder to keep going.
And this is LIFE.
Life is challenging. Hills arise. We get tired, sweaty, want to give up. It’s annoying and frustrating. But in order to get the result, we have to KEEP GOING.
Especially in those moments we want to give up. Because those are the moments that actually create change in our lives.
It’s not the easy times that grow us. It’s the times that we need to look in the mirror and say, “YOU CAN DO THIS” and, “Keep it going girl.”
We don’t always have this counter voice in our heads.
(I know for me, the “It’s ok…give up” voice has been much more prominent throughout my life.)
And this is the exact reason I created the Wildheart Revolution.
To be the “YOU CAN DO THIS” voice instead.
For you. . . for me. . . for all of us who have a dream and don’t want to quit ourselves.
To be the “Keep going!” and “You got this girl!” voice when you feel down in the dirt
and unable to get up.
To be your virtual best friend, positive nudge, warm hug.
And to remind you that you CAN do whatever you decide to do if you just keep it going.
As of this moment, the Wildheart Revolution is made up of 60 amazing, dynamic, smart, fun, sassy women.
What is being created in there already is blowing my mind.
And you know what? We’re growing every day.
Because the list of “You can do it!”s isn’t getting shorter any time soon.
And the need for a heaping dose of loving support is as urgent as ever.
So what do you say? Wanna be in the gang of trailblazers creating amazing things in the world?
Wanna run for your life?
Registration to the Revolution is open. The runners are on the trail.
If you get your hot booty in there with us, chances are seriously good you’ll do things you never knew you could do.
See you there —yes? :)
The (encouraging!) voice inside your head,
P.S. I want to hear how YOU are running for your life. Even if you’re not literally RUNNING. In what ways have you stepped way outside your comfort zone and are trying new things? How has that affected you? Leave me a note in the comments below. I love hearing from you.