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If a man with CF can run a marathon, what's my excuse?

Friday, July 12, 2013

I read an article about a man running a marathon even though he has cystic fibrosis. I kept thinking about this and my sprouting interest in running. I couldn't remember much about the article so I did a search and found there are quite a few runners and athletes with CF. Lisa Bentley is an ironman triathlete with CF. Her story is a bit different though as she was diagnosed as an adult. Still, the point is, if a person with Cystic Fibrosis can run a marathon, what's my excuse?

To be honest, I don't want to run a marathon. Never has been a big priority for me. However, I would like to be more active, healthier, and have more energy. I'd like to build up to run a mile (small steps) and go from there. The annual Walk For Wildlife is coming in September and the only thing stopping me from signing up is not having a partner. So what? I walk at the wildlife sanctuary by myself all the time and this would benefit them.

There is also a 5k in September called the Color Run. Some of the girls from work want to sign up for it and there is supposed to be a list coming up for us to sign up if we'd like to participate. It's supposed to be fun. It's not timed and you can walk or run.

So what's stopping me? I guess I'm a little worried I wouldn't be able to keep up. Well, it's 2 months away and today I did 2.5 miles through the hiking trails with no problem. I haven't taken my allergy medicine for a couple of days so I'm feeling it now, but should be fine once I get it built back up into my system. I can carry an inhaler with me (just hate using them and really hate anyone seeing me use them), so that's not a problem.

So what's stopping me? Good question. The only thing I can think of is not wanting to get up earl yon my day off. That's probably why I'm coming up with excuses about the Walk For Wildlife too.

How to solve this problem:
Check out couch to 5k
Work on sleeping better
Get out of my shell and just do it (but take the proper precautions)

I may not want to run a marathon, but I do want to enjoy life.
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DJ4HEALTH 7/13/2013 1:22AM

    You can do it just take your time and you will get to your goal!!

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1STATEOFDENIAL 7/12/2013 11:42PM

    I LOVE that you came up with solutions at the end of your blog! Everyone has things they'd like to try but don't because of fear or some challenge they don't think they can overcome. When we challenge ourself to consider why we aren't doing it, our excuses can fall away.

If there is one thing I can add to your list of solutions, perhaps you could try some positive affirmations. When you start doubting your ability to do a 5k, stop and tell yourself "I know I can do it. I believe in myself. Others believe in me (we do!)." It might help.
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