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Believe You Can And Youre Halfway There

Believe

July 28th, 2014

You are whatever you believe you are. You can do whatever you believe you can do. It doesn’t mean that all you have to do is “bo-lieve” like the inspirational WWE wrestler Bo Dallas. Confidence is generated by work ethic. Before running my first full marathon in 2012, I hadn’t ran more than 3.1 consecutive miles until a week before the race. I had however, been training at Newton’s 5-6 days a week and built up tolerance of going 3-4 hours a day. The training consisted of battle ropes, med balls, bosu balls, kettlebells, jungle-gym suspension, natural instincts, rowing, spinning, and kickboxing. Before that I never imagined running a marathon. I didn’t even know it was 26.2 miles until one day I heard some friends talking about the Miami Marathon. I said to them I wanted to do it and they thought I was crazy. People told me I wasn’t a runner and had to train for a marathon. My reply was that I train so hard I can do anything. I never once doubted myself and without doing any research or learning any tips of how to prepare, I ran a sub 4 hour marathon.

Did I make any mistakes? Certainly! Looking back at it now it’s kind of funny. I totally overloaded on a high fiber Kashi cereal with additional dates, a banana, and almonds. I also had about 12 egg whites, a Green Machine Naked Juice, and a carb drink on the way. I was stuffed and needless to say had to stop in a hotel on South Beach around mile 4 to use a restroom. At least from that point on I was flying. I kept telling myself “I got this.” I was high off the energy surrounding me. When I got to mile 13 I remembered someone telling me I was going to wish I was finished. I laughed to myself because not only was I not tired, I didn’t want it to end! I ran faster and faster with a natural smile on my face the entire time, fist pumping, and high-fiving. I chose not to use earphones so I could totally grasp the experience and be more conscious of my inner voice and surroundings. I wore my first pair of Lululemon Pace Breakers which I still use and cherish!

My parents were there at the finish line. Thank God! The race felt great but afterwards I could barely move. I needed my parents to help me walk. I felt soreness everywhere including my lungs and organs. I almost hurt to even eat. It took me about a week to recover. I felt like I’d done something nobody could take away from me. I had ran a marathon! I didn’t have any immediate desire to do it again. That wasn’t until a friend dared me to do it dribbling 2 basketballs!

Believe in yourself and you’re halfway there,

Doc

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