Secret of Success
It is amazing what you can accomplish when you put your mind to it. I used to think that people who believed in the infinite possibility of the human spirit were just annoying: some people have abilities and others don’t, that was my philosophy. I’ve really changed my mind about this over the past few years, and that has to do with many things, one of the being my own physical transformation, as well as some major mindset shifts. I guess the thing I’ve learned is that natural talent will only take you so far, and that the people who succeed, in athletics, music, cooking, whatever it may be, have to put in a ton of effort and time as well. This episode of Radiolab goes into much greater detail about this idea more eloquently than I can get into here, and is a great listen.
Why am I getting all philosophical about this idea? Because three years ago I couldn’t even run for half a mile without stopping. My side would cramp up, I would get out of breath, my back would ache, and just generally felt like I was going to die. Even when I was a kid and played soccer for nearly ten years (although not very well :)) I HATED to run. If you know anything about soccer, you know that’s a bit problematic. I am most definitely NOT a “natural” runner. However, this past weekend, I ran in the XTERRA 5k Trail Run at Kualoa Ranch and I placed third in my age group! I was eleventh woman overall! How did this happen?!
I think that most of the super speedy ladies were tackling the race with the prize money, but I also have to give myself some major credit. Running is something that I have been seriously working on for the past two years. I’m now at a point where I can go for a jog for a few miles and not feel like I might collapse at any second. Instead, it feels GREAT. I never understood people who said they loved to run. “What’s to love about burning lungs and side stitches,” I would think to myself. These people had to just be nutjobs! I get it now, but it has taken time, effort, and some major sweat. I didn’t just wake up one morning and discovered I had a talent; I had to develop it over time.