I did it

It is so easy to under estimate ourselves and think we can’t do something simply because we have never done it before. We often limit ourselves in our own minds before we actually give something a try. We forget how powerful our minds are, and how capable we truly are of accomplishing what we are willing to work hard for and not give up on.

I was reminded of this this past weekend when I ran the Nike 10k. It was my first time ever doing an official run like this. I work out and run on the treadmill every now and then, but I am definitely not a runner. The most I had ever ran in my life before the 10k was 4 miles, which was still 2.2 miles short of the 6.2 miles. I signed up because I figured it would be a good challenge for me, and I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone. The race was broken up into 4 different paces you can run at, and of course I chose the slowest one. To be honest, I wasn’t concerned with how quickly I could run the race, but rather making sure I got through it.

Right before the race started I remember I was anxious and nervous, but also excited and ready to take on this new challenge. The race officially began, and I was feeling great…for the first 4 miles. The second I reached the 4th mile my body felt tired, and I felt like I couldn’t continue. I was hot, and my legs were sore so I decided to stop to walk for a minute. I caught my breath, recovered for a bit, and mentally prepared myself to finish. I put on some of my favorite music, and just reminded myself of how close I was to the finish line. I was running, and I knew there was no stopping now, I had to push myself. As difficult as it was, and as tired as I felt, I knew my mind was powerful enough to help push my body through it. I finally crossed the finish line, and let me tell you, it is such an amazing feeling. I felt so proud, and so accomplished that I actually finished the race. I ended up running the 6.2 miles in an hour and 3 minutes and 45 seconds, which is an average of 10:17mins per mile. Not only did I manage to finish the race, but I ended up finishing much faster than I had anticipated.

The Nike 10k reminded me of two very valuable things. One, it is important to challenge ourselves and do things that perhaps we are afraid of and take us out of our comfort zone. The fact that we have never done something does not mean that think we can’t do it, truth is, we never really know whether we can do something or not, unless we try. Secondly, it is not always going to be easy to accomplish our goals, we are going to get tired, we may want to quit, but if you are willing to push through the pain and the difficulty, it will ALWAYS be worth it!

I encourage you to challenge yourself, get out of your comfort zone, and work hard for what you want, you may be surprised with what you are capable of accomplish. Do not let your mind limit you from living out your full potential.

 

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Es tan fácil menos preciarnos y pensar que no podemos hacer algo simplemente porque nunca lo hemos hecho. Muchas veces nosotros mismos nos limitamos en nuestras mentes antes de intentar hacer algo. Se nos olvida lo poderosa que realmente es nuestra mente, y lo capaces que somos de lograr algo si estamos dispuestos a lucha por ello y no rendirnos.

La semana pasada participe en el 10k de Nike y me recordó de todo esto. Fue la primera vez que participe en una carrera como esta. Yo hago ejercicio y corro de vez en cuando en la caminadora, pero definitivamente nunca he hecho algo oficial de esta manera. Lo más que había corrido antes del 10k son 4 millas, que aún siguen siendo 2.2 millas menos de las 6.2 millas. Me inscribí porque me pareció buena idea ponerme un reto de esta magnitud, y me quería salir de mi zona de confort. La carrera la dividen entre cuatro diferentes velocidades que la podemos correr, y obviamente yo elegí la más lenta. Para ser honesta, a mí no me preocupaba mucho mi velocidad, lo que más quería era poder terminar la carrera.

Justo antes de comenzar, recuerdo claramente lo ansiosa y nerviosa que estaba, pero también súper emocionada de enfrentar este reto. La carrera comenzó oficialmente, y me sentía increíble…hasta la 4ta milla. En cuanto llegue a esa 4ta milla, mi cuerpo se sentía súper cansado, y sentía que ya no podía continuar. Tenía mucho calor, y mis piernas ya estaban muy adoloridas así que decidí caminar por un minuto. Agarre aire, me recupere un poco, y me prepare mentalmente para poder terminar lo que quedaba de la carrera. Puse de mi música favorita, y me recordé lo cerca que estaba ya de llegar a la línea de meta. Comencé a correr de nuevo, y sabía que ya no podía parar. Por más difícil que fuera, o más cansada que me sintiera, yo sabía que mi mente era lo suficientemente poderosa como para ayudar empujar a mmi cuerpo a terminar la carrera. Por fin cruce la line de meta, ¡y déjenme les cuento que se sintió increíble! Me sentía tan orgullosa de que pude terminar la carrera. Corrí 6.2 millas en una hora con 3 minutos y 45 segundos, que significa que hice cada milla en más o menos 10 minutos y 17 segundos. No solo logre terminar la carrera, si no que la termine mucho más rápido de lo que había anticipado.

El participar en el 10k de Nike me recordó de 2 cosas muy valiosas. Una, es sumamente importante retarnos a nosotros mismos y hacer cosas que quizá nos intimidan y nos sacan de nuestra zona de confort. El hecho que nunca hayamos hecho algo no significa que no lo podamos hacer, la verdad es que nunca sabremos de lo que somos capaces de hacer al menos que nos animemos a intentarlo. Por segundo, les recuerdo que no siempre va a ser fácil lograr nuestras metas, nos vamos a cansar, quizá queramos rendirnos, peor si están dispuestos a enfrentar las dificultades, SIEMPRE valdrá la pena!

Los animo a retarse, salir de su zona de confort, y trabajar duro para lograr sus propósitos, se sorprenderán con lo que realmente son capaces de lograr. No dejen  que su mente los limite a vivir su máximo potencial.

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