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Distance running is not something that comes easy for me. Volleyball, yes. Basketball, yes. Running anything over 200 meters….negative. This fact is interesting considering that I have to date run two full marathons and nineteen half marathons, with many more on my race schedule. How did it all happen? I did something courageous. I took a leap of faith and dove head first into an unknown world to me. I was scared. I didn’t know if I could do it. I was afraid to fail, and was afraid of what others would think if I did. Regardless, I decided to take my chances and attempt to overcome the odds that were stacked against me. I WOULD become a distance runner. Let’s take a trip down memory lane. It all started when I was visiting with some friends in Florida and spectated them running the Walt Disney World marathon in 2009. A friend and I staked out a spot in front of Hollywood studios to watch the race…no particular reason for this spot. Keep in mind I was NOT a runner at this point! We waited for our friends to pass. The place we were standing was around mile 24. As all of the people passed by, and as I watched everyone cheering them on, all of the sudden I got really really emotional. I thought of the hard work and dedication these people had put into their training for this race. I didn’t know them, but I was so proud of them as they all passed me by. I cheered my little heart out, and decided I COULD do this, I HAD to do this! I vowed I would be back to run the next year.
Fast forward to January 2010. My husband and I ran the half marathon in Disney World, our very first. I felt so accomplished as I crossed that finish line hand in hand with my husband. We had done something I never thought possible, but we had not yet reached our goal. What? That’s right. My goal was the Disney full marathon.
Fast Forward to January 2011. It was a tough training cycle. I was struggling with an IT band injury, and Bobby and I were not even living together because he took a new job and we had not yet found a house. It was tough training basically on my own, and I was under a lot of emotional stress. But, we made it to Disney! This race was amazing and will forever be one of the best memories of my life. We had SO MUCH FUN with the race, stopping and taking pictures with every character, goofing off and enjoying the time together. I remember very distinctly when I ran by the spot I stood two years earlier, my “inspiration curve” outside of Hollywood studios. I got really choked up remembering where it all began. I could not believe I was about to accomplish my goal, and finish the race. Crossing the finish line was amazing, I had done it. Two years later, I accomplished what I had set out to do, what I didn’t even think I could do, and it felt wonderful. I beat the odds with courage, and a huge smile on my face. Investigation Discovery’s new series Surviving Evil is all about beating the odds too. But the stories in the show are told by people who faced real evil when they fought back against their attackers, and survived.
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