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Road to 26.2 Start Before You're Ready

Road to 26.2

Monday, December 30th- 6 weeks, 5 days, 21 hours, 53 minutes, 2 seconds until the Big Race!

“The key to success is to start before you are ready,” Marie Forleo said these fabulous words, and y’all it’s so darn true. No one starts training for their first marathon knowing how to run over 26 miles. No one has their first baby knowing how to be an amazing mama to a teenager. No one begins a new job knowing when their next promotion will come. No one graduates high school knowing how to buy a house. 

We start before we are ready and learn along the way. We learn from experience, trial and error, from others that came before us, books, podcasts, and other great resources. We will always figure it out, with enough focus and prioritizing, we will always figure it out. 

The key is to just start. Start scared. Start not knowing what to do. Just start where you are, with what you have, and go from there. The problem with waiting until we are ready is the Waiting. One of my favorite books is Dr. Seuss’ Oh the Places You’ll Go. There is one section where he talks about the Waiting Place, everyone is waiting for ‘wind to fly a kite or waiting around for Friday night, or waiting perhaps for their Uncle Jake, or a Better Break.’ 

Waiting becomes the habit, rather than action. Some habits serve us well, like brushing our teeth every morning or daily journaling or kissing your spouse the second he walks in the door. The habit of waiting becomes the habit of complacency. Action and activity are what drive change. From the basic physics of ‘an object in motion stays in motion,’ to just the mindset around new action, that is what will help us to do the hard things and conquer new goals. We’re not trees, we are not rooted to one mental or physical place. We are meant to move and change and evolve. 

In our modern world of conveniences, it is increasingly easy to be less mobile. We can order in everything from groceries to church sermons to enjoy in our own homes. Instead of using those time-savers from more down time, maybe we can use that mental and physical energy to tackle new goals and big ideas. Striving for and achieving MORE helps us to continue to have actual evidence of our own strength, which leads to greater belief in one’s self. Greater belief in ourselves begets more and bolder action. 

I never would have been able to think about training for this marathon without starting out by running for 30 minutes three times a week. I would have never been able to run 16 miles yesterday without first running one mile without stopping. When I tell people that I’m training for a marathon, most of the response is, “I couldn’t do that.” The truth that I know now is that anyone can do anything they prepare and train for. Be it a marathon, a cross country move, a new business, whatever it is, you can do it. I’m not a lifelong runner who ran cross country in school and loves fitness. I love doing hard things and raising the bar on what I can accomplish. That feeling is absolute, magical gold. 

We simply start where we are and use what we have, whether it’s running-related or not. Start now, take a leap, trust yourself. Start before you’re ready and prove yourself right!

Xo, 

Ellie

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