“I Could Never Do That”

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“Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.” – Oprah Winfrey

Its not uncommon for someone’s first response to hearing that I’m running a half marathon to be ” I could never do that.”

And it drives me crazy.

Why? Why does someone else’s perception of his or her own ability get under my skin? Why does a simple statement that only reinforces the amount of motivation and dedication it takes to run a half frustrate me so much?

Because all of those people that say they could never do it, could.

Everyone is capable of slowly working up mileage, running a little bit more each week, and accomplishing a goal that is purposefully a slow process.

Running isn’t about physical ability, and maybe I’m simply  speaking for myself, but it’s a mental sport. As those long run numbers increase every Sunday, you have to BELIEVE you can do it. If I let my body control the situation I would stop running after mile one.

And that’s where the “I could never do that” mentality rubs me the wrong way. When someone tells me that they don’t think they could run X number of miles or simply writes themselves off as “not THAT athletic” I can’t understand. I can’t understand why anyone would sell themselves short.

YOU could do it. YOU could train. YOU could push yourself mentally. YOU could push yourself physically. YOU could find time in your schedule to run, stretch, and work towards something you never imagined yourself doing. It’s not a matter of being able to do it, it’s a matter of WANTING to.

And BELIEVING in yourself.

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