Today I FINALLY agreed to meet Bianca for an EARLY morning run. She usually runs with a group of girls at 5:30 am, but I convinced her 6:30 was early enough.
Bianca lives in a gorgeous neighborhood plagued by the dreaded hill. I knew I was going to have to run it and I’ll admit, it intimidated me.
Pictures never seem to do hills justice, but trust me when I tell you this thing is a BEAST. Bianca runs this hill all the time with her friends and she told me not to expect to run the whole thing. She let me know that I’d probably have to do a combination walk/run. Well if you know me at all then you know her saying that was all it took to make me decide I HAD to RUN the whole thing.
Ok well I may not have “run” per se, but I did jog, albeit very slowly, the WHOLE thing and I almost died. This hill isn’t the only hill either, there were a few more small but challenging hills. Despite the challenges, I made it 4.01 miles in 45 minutes. That’s an 11:11 pace.
I know Bianca didn’t mean anything when she told me to expect to walk/run the hill. It was only my own stubbornness (I guess) that made me say to myself, “You WILL run the whole hill.” I do know one good thing about myself and that is, my mind is stronger than my body.
There is nothing I think I can’t do with time and effort. I CAN run a marathon. I CAN set a PR at San Antonio in November. I CAN do and be anything I want to be. I can, not because I will it to happen, but because I am determined, I train and I don’t let anyone or anything stand in my way.
YOU can do it too. You just have to believe in yourself. Change your mind to believe in yourself and your body will follow. Even uphill!