Last night I went to happy hour with a co-worker and a couple of friendly clients. We were enjoying some beers at Rattle n’ Hum and everyone was teasing me about my boot and the conversation obviously transgressed to running. I mentioned that it’s been so nice out that even with the boot on I’ll be walking down the street and have the strong urge to just start running. One of my clients turns to me and says, “I think you were just born to run.” This was seriously the best drunk comment from an acquaintance that I’ve received in a long time and it warmed my heart
Lately I’ve heard a lot of “maybe you shouldn’t run,” and “maybe this is a sign to stop,” or the always hates, “running is bad for you.” All of the negative comments have come from coworkers, or not-great friends. I understand that people mean well when they say those things, but honestly they’re just being mean idiots. I do take other peoples’ comments to heart, but sometimes people telling me not to do something just makes me want to do it more. My fire to run has been fueled.
So when my so kind client next asked me if I would be attempting to run a marathon again (3rd attempt that would be), I replied without hesitation – “Yes, definitely.”
You see, I’m a practical person at heart – I always wear sneakers to walk; I don’t wear white because let’s be honest, it will get dirty; and I wear my frizzy hair in a pony tail if it’s raining no matter what the occasion. However, I will also always be a dreamer, fighter and hold hope. So yeah, I’m willing to call myself nonsensical with pride.
As of today, these pretty feet are official free of The Boot, given no pain rears it’s head…
And while I’m still enjoying my time off from running and my yoga/cycling/TRX adventures, one day I will run again…and one day I will run 26.2 miles. I may break my foot a few times before then, I may endure shin splints and probably get about 10 more injuries, but the point is that I will one day run a marathon. And if you ask me why? The answer is because I want to.
QUESTIONS: Have people ever tried to discourage you from your dreams because they are too practical?