“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” – John Bingham
This is one of my favorite running quotes. It fits me perfectly. Sure, I’ve finished a marathon and I have a downright cool medal to prove it. But, the most amazing part of my journey is that I started and then possibly even more amazing is that I continued.
I wasn’t a runner. I played sports in high school and I had endurance back then, but 18 was quite a while ago so when I decided to start running I set my first goal really low. I wanted to run 1 block. That’s it. That’s what I told my husband I was going to do as I headed out the door. His immediate response was, “Do 2 blocks. You can do 2 blocks.”
I snapped back at him, “No I can only do 1 block” and with that I closed the door behind me. As I started my run I thought in my head, “I’ll show him. I’ll finish 2 blocks.” I continued muttering to myself about 2 blocks as I ran along, getting more and more tired until I could feel my chest ready to explode and the bile burning in my throat.
Still I heard that, “Do 2 blocks” in my head and I was going to “show him”. I wasn’t going to quit. I very slowly dragged my rather upset with me body around those 2 blocks and made it back to my house. I promptly bent over and dry heaved. I felt awful!!
Eventually I managed to walk the 20 feet to my door, opened it, looked my husband in the face and said, “I told you I could only run 1 block.” In retrospect that last comment is so dog gone funny. I had just finished 2 blocks, but still insisted that I could only run 1 block. Somehow I’d thought I was proving him wrong or something, but all I’d done was prove him 100% correct. I had actually run 2 blocks.
It took me all day to recover from that run, but I did in fact recover and the next day I ran 3 blocks.
The day I lined up on the starting line to run a marathon I knew I could run 2 blocks and I was hoping to enjoy running and finishing one of the biggest races in the world. Thank God I started!
How did you start running? Why do you keep running?