Week one of training is underway and I’m feeling such a jumble of different emotions that it’s difficult to separate them all! I’ve never been a runner; in fact, I have never even contemplated becoming a runner until Nola Hines, a co-worker, became a Team Myles Ambassador last year. I heard her stories, read some of her blog posts and talked to her a little bit about her journey – all the while thinking “wow, that’s really amazing, I could never do that”. Fast forward a year and here we are. The opportunity to apply to be a Team Myles Ambassador came around again and I realized something inside me had changed. I was tired. Not just physically tired from living the life of a single mother working full-time, who also happens to suffer from fibromyalgia, anxiety and depression, but tired of my own excuses. Tired of getting in my own way. Tired of always having an excuse to not do things that are outside of my comfort zone. So when the opportunity to join Team Myles arose, I jumped at it – even though it means I had to commit to doing the half-marathon at the Blue Nose in June. A half-marathon? Am I crazy??? The answer to that is likely an overwhelming yes. I am starting from scratch – having never run before and not being overly active for the last while.
Sunday, February 17 was my 41st birthday. It was also our first group training day. If you had told me even 6 weeks ago that I would spend that morning at Point Pleasant Park participating in the first training session to run a half-marathon (which is less than 4 months away – EEK!), I would have never believed it. I was terrified leading up to the day, and to be honest I still am, but I showed up. I participated. I cried (I guarantee you there will be a lot more crying along this journey). But I survived. I hurt, I felt like I was so far behind everyone else’s level of fitness, but I went home feeling a sense of accomplishment and pride – I never thought I would be able to run for even one minute. I met a whole group of amazing people who are going on this insane journey with me. I’ve been to the gym every day this week, and my body is screaming at me for it. But I will persist. This is a truly life-changing opportunity and I am determined to make the most of it. I am so thankful to be part of this wonderful Team Myles group and to have amazing sponsors: Lifemark, GoodLife Fitness, Aerobics First and the Barrington Hotel. I’m overwhelmed, excited, scared, proud, anxious and exhausted but onward and upward!