It wasn’t until I had ruptured my right Achilles tendon that I added running a half marathon to my bucket list. Looking back on that moment I have to ask myself why on earth did I think running such a long distance was a great idea while I was posted up in bed with my swollen ankle in a cast? Oh, that’s right I was motivated to prove the athletic trainer, who told me I would never get my full range of motion in my right ankle back again, wrong.
Well here I am 6.5 years later and while I did get the full range of motion in my right ankle back I have yet to complete a half marathon. Over the years my motivation has come and it has left. I would start training just to quickly give up. My excuses to quit were always greater than my reasons to keep going. Also, the fear of re-injuring my right ankle has kept me from pushing myself beyond my comfort zone. While I have within this good chunk of time checked off other items on my bucket list I have let excuses kill my motivation to cross the elusive finish line.
So you might be asking yourself why now am I once again motivated to check running a half marathon off my bucket list? The answer is easy. My 30th birthday is creeping ever closer and the idea of accomplishing this unobtainable goal of mine before I blow out those big 3-0 candles on my cake puts a smile on my face. Plus it wouldn’t hurt if I am the fittest I have ever been in my life the day I turn 30.
You are probably asking now if my reasons to keep going are greater than my excuses to quit? And to this I am going to have to ask who do you think you are, my mother? Because what is with the third degree? Truth is with my recent diagnosis of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (for now just know this is an autoimmune disorder) I have a great excuse as to why I shouldn’t even start. I know that this isn’t going to be easy. My muscles are going to hate me and I am going to hate them right back, but if by some miracle I manage to run 13.1 miles and cross a finish line without dying I am going to feel like one invincible badass. However before I can cross a finish line I need to get organized and devise my plan of attack. So for now I bid you (and your questions) good night as I have some serious work to do.