This week’s mileage was 12.3 miles. Next week is 20 miles.

“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” -Charles R. Swindoll

I’m going to come clean with you all… I had a break down earlier this week. My belief in myself was tested on SO MANY LEVELS. (Family life. Career. Physical well being. Mental stability. You name it.)

But for the purpose of this post, let’s just talk about running hours and hours and raising thousands of dollars. Up until this week I had all of the belief in the world that I was going to pull it off. But I crashed after last Saturday’s long 20 miler.

I started to think about having to run 6.2 more miles on race day. Which lead to to thoughts of how much money I had yet to raise and my deadline for that. Next thing that popped into my brain was how much weight I would like to loose to make it easier on myself to run the darn marathon.

And then…. I cried.

And then…. I prayed.

I’m telling you this because over the course of this past week (with all the crying and praying) I realized something… I realized that I can run the marathon right now if I wanted to. RIGHT NOW. Might not be pretty, but I can do it!

My struggle over the past couple of days was the same as your struggle. It is the same as anyone’s struggle with anything.  It is all MENTAL. At one point or another, we all suffer from a lack of true belief in ourselves. Whether we know it or not, our strength and our power comes from within. We hold the key. And once we realize that, we can conquer anything.

I found my “key” and am now back on track. Bring. It. On.

“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe, writer

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