Make Impossible, Possible in 2018!
Before I started running, I didn't understand people who claimed to enjoy being physically active. All my life, going to the gym or getting active was always a means to an end. It was something I forced myself to do so that I could lose the weight I convinced myself I needed to lose in order to be attractive and desirable.
From struggling with my body image as a teenager to fighting to lose the 75+ pounds I gained after my younger brother Scott passed away, getting active has always been a struggle. Then I ran my first terrifying, slightly traumatizing, and life-changing half marathon.
"If only I wasn't a quitter, then I could actually make a change." "If only I could find a way to become a runner, then I would finally be able to lose 20 pounds." "If only being active came naturally to me, then I'd be able to lose weight." I can't tell you how many #NewYears I spent trying to find the magic answer that would help me lose the weight I convinced myself I needed to lose in order to feel beautiful. This moment that you see here, that's me crossing the finish line of my very first #halfmarathon. Easily one of the hardest feats I've ever accomplished. I was underprepared and I almost walked off the course at mile 10. But I needed this day. When I first started running, I didn't tell many people about it because I was certain that I wouldn't be able to stick with it. When it comes to getting active, I have a strong history of quitting. But something about mustering the courage to get to that finish line changed me. Striving to pursue your personal best is empowering. Having fitness goals that have absolutely nothing to do with #weightloss is life changing. It doesn't matter if it's your first 5K or if you're chasing a #BostonMarathon qualifying time, having the courage to chase a seemingly impossible goal and then fight to show up for yourself day after day after day is what this is all about. And that's what I want for all of us in 2018. #BQorBust is my impossible. Something that I know is going to require me to push myself outside of my comfort zone every single day. I've failed to accomplish it twice now. But I know now that the only way I will actually fail is if I fail to try. If you're looking for a way to believe in yourself, start thinking about a goal that scares the crap out of you. And then encourage your #BadassLadyGang to chase theirs right alongside you. We're stronger together and 2018 is the year that we make impossible, possible. You scared? Me too. That means we’re doing something worthwhile. Embrace it. Get ready to kick ass and take names. #SheCanAndSheDid
Crossing that finish line, I realized for the first time that I was standing in my own way. That whenever something felt impossible or too intimidating, I'd convince myself that failure was inevitable and I shouldn't even bother trying. Afterall, I'm a quitter. And there's nothing worse than the feeling you get when you want something more than anything else in the world but you just can't seem to make it happen.
Running taught me that it doesn't matter how badly you want something, it's about how hard you're willing to work for it. And more importantly, running showed me that you'll never know what you're capable of unless you show up, step outside of your comfort zone, and dare to fail every single day.
Back in 2016, I set a goal to make my impossible, possible. I decided I was going to see what happens when I take myself and my running seriously enough to try to qualify for the Boston Marathon. The first time I tried, I came close. And my second attempt broke my damn heart.
It took me close to eight months to figure out what went wrong and here's what I've learned, regardless of what your impossible is, it's not about the goal time or finish line. What matters most is your journey. The hardest part about any goal is putting in the work, so why do we focus on the finish line? The finish line is the victory lap and it's totally out of our control. The only thing we can do is focus on today.
That's why I wanted to make BQ or Bust take 3 bigger than just my personal journey to qualify for Boston. I want you to recruit your #BadassLadyGang and make your impossible possible right alongside me. Whether your goal is to cross your very first finish line or qualify for Boston right next to me, fill out this form and stay tuned for training plans, workouts, tips and tricks from Coach John Honerkamp and sports psychology wizard Dr. Bob, and all the ways we are going to help you make impossible possible in 2018!!!!
Remember, the only way you'll fail is if you fail to try. So fill out that form and join us. Share your story. Be heard. Be seen. And join the #badassladygang!
Ready or not, here we go!