Healthy Living: Alison's Story

>> Thursday, October 14, 2010

Alison gave us permission to reprint excerpts from her healthy living story on Fueling for Fitness:

The day I went skydiving, I promised myself to stop being afraid of what I could do and where I could go. I promised myself that I'd try harder to take charge of my life and challenge myself by doing things that excited me, that scared me, and that I knew would help me grow as a person.

I made a top-secret list of life goals, and one by one, I started working towards them. I didn't expect anything to fall into my lap. I lived my life accepting mediocrity as the card I was dealt in life and it has forced me to develop a work ethic that always pushed me to work to achieve what I want. It wasn't easy. I failed a lot. I know I am going to continue failing; I would expect no less.

One of these goals? Run a marathon.

Three years ago, I couldn't run 1 kilometer without gasping for air. Three years ago, I made every excuse to not pick up a paint brush (I'm an artist, too!). Three years ago, I saw a long, straight path ahead of me and I told myself that I may as well continue walking down it because it was the easiest thing to do.

Why do I run? There are countless reasons that I could list, but the biggest reason that I do it is because it makes me feel alive. It constantly amazes me that having spent the majority of my life in various sedentary positions, here I am, getting ready to taper down and run my first marathon.

For the past few weeks, I have been feeling terrified. Wondering if every little ache, pain, or missed work out would be enough to get me through the race next Sunday. I've been doubting all the work that I've put towards this marathon, and hyper-focusing on race day, forgetting about all of the past events that took place to get me to where I am now.

I really don't know how things will go next Sunday. Really, anything can happen on race day. But a few lines from this cheesy, yet sweet 10-10-10 song sums it up quite nicely: "When we chose to commit, a fire was lit, and I'll be damned if any one of us will quit."

Thanks for reading my story!

Alison (from Fueling for Fitness)

Yup. Alison sent us her story BEFORE she got to the start of that big-deal race (you guess it: Chicago!) on 10-10-10. If you'd like to read all about her race experience, just check out her blog: Fueling for Fitness!

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