January; the start of a brand new year. All reflections of the previous year have been done. You’ve looked back on what you’ve achieved and set your intentions for the year ahead. A whole 365 days to push yourself further than you ever have!
Fortunately for me, the first goal of the year was one that was decided for me when I got my ballot place to run the London Marathon on the 28th April 2019. Not something completely alien to me, as this will be my second marathon, but nonetheless, something that sparks a real fire in my belly for fear of being pushed right out of my comfort zone. After all, they say change doesn’t happen within the comfort zone.
So why am I telling you all about my goal? After all goals are personal to each individual.
I get asked on a regular basis why the hell I would want to run another marathon, especially after already ticking it off my bucket list once before.
For me it’s not just about the 26.2 miles on the day of 28th April. It’s the journey it brings and that word that will keep me going for the next 16 weeks.
I’m someone who spent the best part of 25 years with little self-confidence and fear of standing out for being noticed for all the wrong reasons. So for me this isn’t about the marathon itself, it’s about the thrill I get from pushing myself and proving to myself how strong I am and capable of achieving what many do not. The feeling running gives me translates into every aspect of my life, giving me the confidence and telling me the sky is the limit. Something I would never have entertained as my younger self.
On the days I feel drained and its cold outside, I look back and see how far I have come. This feeling is what drives me to get out there and get it done. Knowing how I will feel when I cross the finish line with my family there to see me, (shy me), having just run the London marathon, fills me with so much drive to get up in the morning and build the confidence I never had but so badly wanted to find.
I believe everyone has the potential to achieve something truly amazing if they connect to the real reason why they want it. The next time you look to take on a challenge, ask yourself what it will do for you when you complete it. If the why is big enough, nothing will ever get in the way of success.