Last night I discovered something about myself – I can run 1.6km with no breaks. I haven’t done this in 8 years, and I didn’t think I had it in me, but I do!
When I was younger, 16-18, physical activity just had to be done. I was actively involved in the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets, which, among other extraordinary activities and experiences, physical fitness tests were required. There was no whining or complaining, no excuses why I couldn’t do the work, and certainly no quitting half way. I just did it. It didn’t matter how much it hurt, or how tired I was, I just did it, no questions.
There was even one instance when I had to run 5km, but had forgotten about it, and had eaten a huge creamy seafood pasta dinner (yum!) just hours before hand. Of course when I arrived at Cadets that night and remembered about the run I thought , Oh dear, I wish I hadn’t eaten that. But the thought of not participating didn’t even cross my mind, because it just wasn’t an option for myself. Well, I ran about 4.5km, stopped, vomited up my dinner (… not so yummy that time around) and then ran the last 500m! Even running till I vomited didn’t stop me from continuing! There was no excuse, these things just had to be done, no matter what it took!
These days however, it’s too easy to make excuses. – I’m feeling a little under the weather, I should probably rest. – I had to stop a couple times on the way home, and that ate up my workout time. – It hurts too much, I’m stopping. None of these things would have stopped me in the past, but I let them stop me now.
Well, no more! Like I said, last night I ran 1.6km without stopping even once! There were times that it started to hurt, the air was hot and humid and it was hard to breath, but I just pushed on. I thought about how I used to be unstoppable, and how there’s no reason for me to be stoppable now. And it worked!
I felt so proud at the end. I felt like I’d opened up a doorway that I’d closed years ago. I can do it, I can be unstoppable, all I have to do is keep going. And so can you. Be Unstoppable.