Marlene said something to me after my race on Sunday that changed everything about how I see myself.
She said “You can now say I run marathons, instead of just saying I ran a marathon”.
Woah. That did something to me.
It really changed how I perceive my own self. I’m really just not that girl who ran a marathon once because I wanted to see if I could.
I am a girl who runs marathons.
Pretty deep stuff if you ask me.
Now I won’t say that Marathon #2 was the finale finish goal breaking time I was hoping for, as that doesn’t really matter now.
This race didn’t need to be a personal record breaking race for me to see the changes in myself. Or for me to finally stop questioning whether or not I am a runner, marathoner, or an athlete.
It’s as clear to me now as that beautiful blue sky during Sunday’s race that I am all of those things.
I don’t need to break personal records, or run the fastest in my age group to determine who I am, or what I am.
There is something so amazing about this change in my own outlook. I truly appreciate Marlene for the gentle reminder, and for everyone else who saw what I didn’t.
I realize now what I am capable of. And for me to say there is not another marathon in my future is almost silly, because I now realize my own potential.
And even though Destination 26.2 was the goal and I achieved it, the journey itself was much more momentous.
Happy Running Friends!
P.S…. and Happy Birthday Marlene!