Juliet's Journey: Step 1 - Decide to Try
A post on the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Facebook page a few months ago really caught my attention because it truly encapsulated where I found myself at that point:
I had decided to commit to the goal of running my first half-marathon, the 2016 Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon. Whilst I was still on the training side of “succeed” and had some way to go before I actually crossed the finish line, I had at least made the decision to try.
No matter what journey you embark on, what challenge needs tackling, what goal needs setting or what dream needs realising, none of it will ever amount to anything unless you DECIDE TO TRY.
Whilst I am the first to acknowledge that life is not always easy, and that there are many reasons and constraints keeping us from trying many things, the cold hard truth is (whatever your goal or challenge or dream is), it will remain an elusive & haunting shadow until you decide to try. For every person who finds a reason why it won’t or can’t work, there are many others that are already making it happen, despite their challenges and despite the obstacles.
I tried running at school and hated it. I tried running again in my early twenties and it hurt my knees. Now, at the age of 48, I suddenly found myself, knee ligaments strengthened from all my cycling adventures, cheekily “wondering” if I could run the world’s most beautiful half-marathon . . . . Well, there was only one way to find out and that was to start training! The joy I experienced after running across the finish line of my first ever 5km race was unbelievable – I was exhausted but it was exhilarating.
Now I am a mere 44 days away from OMTOM2016.
A phrase I love is “better an ‘oops’ than a what if” and even if after all these months of training, I find myself for some inexplicable reason being unable to achieve my dream on 26 March 2016, the truth is that I have lost absolutely nothing but already gained so much. I am fit and healthy, my body has grown strong, I have met the most amazing people, formed the most special friendships and I have discovered a side of myself I never even knew existed.
I realise now just how much power, energy and possibility actually lies behind those three words: DECIDE TO TRY . . . . I wish you the courage to try and the blessing of a magical adventure.