Today: rest day
2 weeks from today I will be running my 10th half marathon! Crazy how fast the time has flown since my first half ever. Reading through that post I can't help but laugh at my inexperienced, naive, self. I tackled a 13.1 mile race with only 4 training runs for the entire month before that. Ridiculous! No wonder you felt like you were going to die, Danielle.
Despite my lack of training and naive attitude towards a half marathon I do look back and admire my courage. I have been blessed with some amazing opportunities in life: a trip to Europe, attending a prestigious college, and many other things that I probably don't really deserve. I don't think I would have been able to do those amazing things if I hadn't initiated the first step.
If you want something in life go after it with all of your heart and don't let the negativity of others get in your way. Do what makes you happy. Be around people who make you happy. Because life is too short to live it any other way.
I thought I'd share some life-isms. Mostly because I'm basically writing this to myself as a good reminder :)
The more you practice something, the better you get at it.
Don't shy away from opportunities, even if it makes you uncomfortable. (I'm trying to work on this right now!) Take opportunities like they are vitamins. Listen, learn, and grow. Confidence is so valuable and will benefit you in all areas of your life.
You can't change the cards that you are dealt, only how you play the hand
There is absolutely no sense in dwelling on what might have been, what could have been or what should have been. You can't rewrite the past but you can learn from it and move forward. Don't get bitter, get better.
Don't get mad about the results you aren't getting from the effort you aren't putting in
Take responsibility for yourself and your choices. Own up to what you have control over in your life.
Sometimes its best to just rip off the band aid
It hurts, but then you're relieved.
Don't confuse your path with your destination
Just because its stormy now doesn't mean you aren't headed toward the sunshine.
Don't be a slave to your emotions/thoughts
The first way to drive yourself bananas is to let your emotions and thoughts drive your life. Take control ASAP or your emotions/thoughts/other people's opinions will.
Do what makes you happy and you feel in your heart to be right because you'll be criticized anyway.
You can't make everybody happy so there is no sense in trying.
Attitude is everything