One year ago I became a marathoner. 366 days have gone by and I still can’t believe I did that!
Training for and finishing a marathon has completely changed my perspective on life. I talked about it a little here right after the marathon, but now that it’s been a full year, I thought I’d reflect on it again.
I’ve always considered myself a very confident person, but something about my confidence completely changed after crossing that finish line. I know that I can do just about anything if I want it bad enough and put the work in, and that has changed my approach to life in general. Since that day, I went for an amazing job opportunity that I may have thought was a stretch previously. I got it and have been excelling in the role (and am really enjoying it!). I learned how to swim. I bought my first house. Suddenly, the things that used to scare me didn’t seem as intimidating. My dreams are bigger and I aim higher.
I recently re-read Lean In and I think Sheryl Sandberg sums it up with this quote: “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”. Something about running a marathon made me floor the gas pedal and I’m loving the results. If you haven’t run a marathon but are considering it, do it. It will literally change your life.
Happy marathon-versary to me and my sole sister, Christina! I can’t believe we did it!