I had three fitness goals for 2013: complete two mini triathlons and my first half-marathon.
It was pretty ugly at times, and there were moments where I wanted to throw in the towel (and toss my meter into the lake and never look back), but I pushed through and got it done.
Being able to do these events during my first year and some after diagnosis mean more to me than my university degree or any promotion I’ve gotten too.
Why? Because the past few years have been the toughest of my life thus far.
I found out about multiple health challenges and with that came the stress, the worry and the realization of how precious life is. It also meant coming to terms with how I lived my life up to this point. It was and is really, really tough.
It was a smack in the face about every aspect of my life.
A quarter life crisis on steroids.
After all the hospital visits and endless doctors appointments, it seemed as though the universe was saying that my body was simply faulty.
As things got worse, I started to look at training differently. A gym session wasn’t just a time to get sweaty and have fun, it was a part of my day where I felt in control and in charge. Getting stronger and faster showed me how powerful I was. And instead of my body being ugly and riddled with defects, I saw how beautiful I could make it. I could turn myself into a well oiled machine and the things I did this year, blew me away.
I completed all my goals by the fall, so I decided to tackle Runner’s World magazine’s Run Streak Challenge. Run 1 mile every day from Thanksgiving to New Years. I haven’t missed a day, and this morning, I silenced my doubts about hitting my 9 minute/mile goal with this:
So 2014, I will start with the Inches Challenge at my gym. It’s time to devote myself even more. I’m ready.
And with Nike’s #WeRun2014 challenge. 100 miles in the first month of the year.
The distance seems scary, but so are a lot of other things. I can do it. And YOU can do whatever you set your mind to. If there’s anything I learned this year, it’s that fear can rob you of your dreams and the life you want to live. So proclaim your fitness goals for next year.
- Complete my gym’s inches challenge
- Complete the Ottawa half-marathon
- Complete 150km MS Bike ride (my first long distance ride)
- Get over fear of lake swimming (so I can do more triathlons)
- Volunteer more at events/programs that promote physical activity
I’ll be here, writing next year around this time, about how I accomplished the above. And you will too with your goals.
In the spirit of hashtags…