Many people never achieve their goals or dreams because they under estimate their potential, they settle for what they have and they make excuses, it’s too hard, too daunting or to scary. Screw that! Your dreams are the things you should be focusing on, big or small, if you want something, if you have a goal you must dare to fail.
OK so I haven’t run a marathon here but at the same time this is an achievement for me and one I never really thought I would do and it’s that mentality I want to get across and how that attitude is key in achieving most goals! (Maybe I will do that marathon one day when my knees are fixed!)
We set off on the first night and our aim was to run a mile, something I knew I should be able to do. That first night running was a revaluation, we ran the mile and got back to the house in just over 10 mins, we weren’t even out of breath!
Instead of heading inside we us headed back out to do another. I felt good, I felt confident and this time concentrated on getting into a rhythm. It was then when I realised that we are in fact capable of much more than we think and the limits we set and live by are usually self imposed, outlook, confidence and perspective can make the world of difference.
Over the course of the next few weeks we kept up our routine of running every other day. We had the odd up and down where it felt much harder, but I also had others where I felt I could have ran and ran forever.
Before I knew it we had gotten up to that fabled 10k mark and I was feeling great. Shorty mentioned entering a local run in only a few weeks time and it did fill me with great apprehension, I knew I had done the distance but could I cope with the time of day? If it was hot? Or the pace of the other racers? But that apprehension pushed me on to keep running, eventually getting up the the 7 mile mark.
I wont lie, I found the race a lot harder than I had the other times we had ran the distance, I feel the heat played a part and the course was a lot hillier than I had been lead to believe! After the 6k mark however I did start getting into it more knowing I was on the home straight of achieving something I had wanted to do for years.
I even managed to pick the pace up a little on the last K and realised after I probably found it harder because I was actually running a PB! Crossing the line I felt a lot of relief, but also that feeling of achievement. I felt that if I could do this and put my mind to it when a while ago I really doubted my ability, then if I apply that same mentality and determination to other challenges and dreams then why can they not happen too?
I was really proud of the fact that I had managed this is such a short time. My aim for this race was to just finish and hadn’t thought much past that. I had in my mind for the Manchester 10k I would like to do a sub 1 hour race and never expected to be close in this. I finished with a time of 60:42 and shorty got 59:13, I hadn’t realised I was so close to that sub 60 mark and feel that it is something I can achieve and gives me another target for next time.
It made me think about when Eddie Izzard ran 43 marathons in 51 days, I remember watching it and thinking he was a mad man! Something he said really struck a chord with me, he had just finished his last marathon and he was shattered, could hardly walk, contorted in pain, but he had done it, and he said “Oh, I couldn’t do another”… then after a few moments pondering what he retorted, but “if I had set myself 44 marathons, I would have done that extra one”. It lead me to really understand how we are all in our own ways capable of that bit extra, the one step further and it’s mostly in our heads!
Life in general and specifically travel is like that I feel, if you limit yourselves, write something off when it gets hard or seems impossible then you wipe away the chance of it happening. Our trips to Tokyo and Moscow are great examples of this. I had written them down in my aims for the year and over the course of that year it seemed at times like they just wouldn’t happen due to several issues. But never did I scratch it off my list, even when things really weren’t going our way, I always believed we would go, and in the end we found a way.
Now I know that sometimes you literally can’t find a way, and I am not saying that is wrong, but again about daring to dream, daring to fail and finding a solution. Dublin was also on my list for last year and sometimes I am purposely overly ambitious with it to make sure I push myself. In the end, Dublin 2013 didn’t happen, money was too tight and uni deadlines had to come first, but I never took it off the list, I just started again at the end of the year and added it to 2014… and guess what, we went in May!
I really and truly believe that if you want something bad enough you can make it happen, and that is being a realist, Ok, so Tokyo and Moscow worked out how and when we wanted, but Dublin didn’t… but who put a timer on it? Setting a target and finally seeing it through doesn’t just come over night, or even in one year. It happens with steps everyday, it might take you longer than you expected, but you WILL get there if you realise how much more you are capable of. Finishing my Masters Degree after 2 years of hard graft again just reiterates by belief in mind over matter and the achievements you can gain when you step outside of your comfort zone.
This gives me that boost in moving forward, in this blog and with travel. our goal is to travel indefinitely and to create a lifestyle for ourselves which we feel fulfills what we want from life, to live our dreams and not put them off for retirement after wasting away our youth in jobs, giving away hours of our lives so someone else can profit and we can squeeze a life into the weekends. It is daunting on another level, So many people say you can’t do it, don’t want you to or think you are being stupid, and the though of coming back to a 9-5 jobs in all honestly terrifies me. I know we have to go into this with full commitment and the openness to make it work and to search for that right path for us, to dare to fail and go for broke.
Don’t trade in your dreams for comfort and safety, Challenge yourself, push yourself, make a plan, work hard, never ever give up… Dare to fail!
What next? We have another 10k next weekend and I hope to get a sub 60 time and will be signing up to the Manchester one for next year and maybe one in London too. After that I would love to work towards longer distances and some day would love to do a marathon, my main issue being I need surgery on my knees because of some old injuries, but I never say never! (Maybe I can do it with a zimmerframe!!)