It’s been 3 weeks since I ran the Diva 1/2 marathon in Uniondale, NY and I am here to report it was Divalicious! I am not sure if that is even a word but it was truly fabulous. This is where I thank everyone who helped me achieve my dream – “thank you family, friends and colleagues who encouraged me to stick with my “crazy” goal” – and officially put everyone on notice that I have set a new goal….the Boston Marathon April 2011!
Say what, you say? Yes, it is true. I said it. My husband called my bluff of completing a full marathon by the time I turn 40 (ahem, next June) and in a romantic turn of events said he would run Boston with me every step of the way. Gulp. Slight panic. Ok – small smile, I think I can, I think I can. Remember what I learned in my journey to the Diva.
- Do something physical! Every person should do something big and physical with a lot of other likeminded people of all shapes, sizes, interests and backgrounds. Running the Diva 1/2 with 2800 women was AMAZING. To share words of encouragement, laughs, and stories of personal journeys and triumphs with total strangers was empowering for everyone.
- Set a goal and don’t give up until you accomplish it! You can accomplish anything by having the discipline and tenacity to see it through to the end. Take a big hairy goal and break it down into smaller bite sized goals.
- Just keep showing up! Woody Allen says 80% of success is just showing up so I keep showing up to boot camp class and training sessions!
- Create a community. Surround yourself with a community of people who will encourage you to keep going when you might otherwise have been inclined to give up.
- Believe in possibilities! Recognizing your own potential is about realizing the possibilities that lie within and unleashing them.
At this point it is too early to say I am looking forward to it. That would be a big lie. But I know I can do it with the right training, encouragement and determination. And because how cool would it be to cross the finish line with my fantastic hubby. Wish me luck!