19 weeks ago, I started training for a marathon. Despite the setbacks I experienced early on, this training cycle turned out to be the best one of my short running career. I ran my highest mileage yet, gained some serious … Continue reading
Hmm, where, oh where to begin! Fair warning: this is gonna be a long one, and I’ll most likely be back with more details on pace and reflection in a few days. Bear with me, this was a watershed race … Continue reading
It’s true, I still don’t know exactly what I want to be when I grow up. But, I can tell you what I want to be like. I want to be like Virginia. Virginia Farneman was the first woman to … Continue reading
In honor of Marathon Monday and all those pushing their limits and realizing dreams on the roads of Boston, I’m revisiting a post from December 13th, 2011. Here’s to dreams that become goals and goals that become reality! Who doesn’t … Continue reading
Friendspiration introduces you to the people who inspire me the most – my friends. Each and every one of them has amazing stories to tell, and have pushed me, in no small way, to be the person that I am … Continue reading
Oh, Barney. You’re so funny. Also, here are some great training tips from Marshall. My personal favorites? Proper nutrition: Eat all of your breakfasts runner style. Positive reinforcement: You.are.a.robot.sent.from.the.future.to.win.the.marathon! In conclusion, if you haven’t seen How I Met Your Mother, … Continue reading
Who doesn’t love a good dream? You know the kind I’m talking about. The kind that feels so real, you swear it could actually happen – where all the pieces fly screaming into place at the perfect moment, the stars align, the tides pull ever so slightly, and it happens. It is different for everyone. Sometimes, it even changes.
The funny thing about dreams is that most of them remain that – a cozy place to go in the middle of the night, an escape during the slower moments of the day. Those dreams are great, don’t get me wrong. But sometimes, a dream comes along that is different. The first time it flits across your mind, you think, “now, THAT would be cool!” and let it go, as you do with most dreams. And then, a few days later, there it is again. And again. And again.
When it comes along again and again, you can’t help but think, “maybe there’s something to this…” A dream usually seems unfathomable. That’s why we call it a dream, after all. So, at first, you keep it to yourself. You don’t admit to anyone, much less yourself, that maybe it could be more than just a midnight escape.
Ever so secretly, you start to learn just what it might take to make this dream happen. Google gets a little exercise, but only when peering eyes aren’t around to see what that search bar reveals. Come on, you know what I’m talking about. Someone gets a little too close for comfort, and you frantically click away, blushing a deep red as if they caught you looking at something unbecoming, feeling them snort and say, “seriously?” Over time, though, the dream doesn’t feel quite as unattainable as it did. In fact, it feels… possible. Extraordinarily difficult and borderline insane, but possible nonetheless…
Certain dreams are destined to stay dreams. But, there are some that deserve more than that. Those dreams evolve into goals – lofty goals that push and mold you into someone else entirely. One year ago today, I started running, and I had a dream. That dream was to run a marathon. I learned more than I can even express in this first year, including that I really don’t know much.
But, I do know this:
All it takes to turn a dream into reality is to do your homework, make a plan, follow through, and when all else fails, have a little faith – in the process, in your plan, and most importantly, in yourself.
So, here’s to a new