Challenge Yourself

Today is the Boston Marathon, which is one of the most highly regarded marathons in the running world.

I’ve run two marathons, and they were both exhilarating experiences.

They were also hard.

When I first started running years ago, I had absolutely no interest in running a marathon.  I was just running to lose weight and get in shape.

As I became able to run a couple of miles at a time, I set a goal to run a half-marathon – just to see if I could do it.

After my first half, a friend of mine told me that one day I would run a full.  I said, “No way.  I like the half and I think I’ll just stick to that.”  My friend replied, “No, you’ll run a full because the curiosity will get to you.”

He was right.

I needed to keep challenging myself.

And I’m so glad I did.

By continuing to push myself beyond what I thought I was capable of doing, I grew stronger physically and mentally.  I grew in self-confidence and experienced the satisfaction of persevering toward the accomplishment of a big goal.

I even got one of these…

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So, don’t be afraid to challenge yourself.

Don’t be afraid of doing hard things.

Don’t be afraid of setting a big goal for yourself.

You can do it!

And when you do, you’ll be glad you did.

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