I can do this – 4 miles later

This week I feel like I’ve learned a lot. Now it isn’t anything ground breaking, but it’s something that I finally was able to learn.

Running is a mental game. Yes it requires you to be physically active, but to be honest, it’s entirely mental. Saying “I can do this”makes all the difference between waking up for that 4 mile run/walk on a cold Saturday morning, and laying in bed binge watching Friends on Netflix.

It’s no secret that 1. I’m training for a half marathon and 2. that I’ve never run an event before. So to say that yesterday I completed the longest run of my life was a bit of an understatement. I mean, I did complete the longest run of my life, and I did it in the snow and the cold. I did it with hurt knees (aka: I’m going to buy myself some running shoes today to avoid injury). I’m a slow runner, and the furthest I can run without stopping is half a mile. But you know what – that’s the farthest I’ve gotten in the past 2 weeks. I’ve only been training for 2 weeks and I’ve improved. Granted, it’s not a huge improvement – but it’s an improvement nonetheless.

I’m becoming more comfortable in my pace as a runner. It doesn’t matter that it takes me an hour to run 4 miles. What matters is that I’m doing it. And the best part is that I’m doing it for me – not anyone else.

I’m proving to myself that I can do this, that I am stronger than what the crazies in my head tell me. I can do this!

What’s stopping you from accomplishing something?!

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Castles and Foundations

I love calendars. I’m not entirely sure why, but it’s something I’ve always loved. I see them in the store, I have to go look at them. (This includes planners and calendars I can use online…have I mentioned my Google calendar is synced to every device I own?!) Over winter break, my mom said something about a calendar. My first thought was “Yes!! I need a new one!” She handed it over. And it’s different than any other calendar I’ve ever had. Why?!? Because each month has a quote, and gives you, as an individual, something to think about. It gives you something to make your life better. Besides, who doesn’t love a good quote?!

I digress. Here’s the quote that was placed with January.

“If you have built castles in the the air, that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” – Henry David Thoreau

These castles are dreams. Everyone has a dream or an end goal that they want to achieve in their life. The foundation is the building and working towards your dream. Let’s say you want to become a doctor, you have to go to school and learn the skills that are necessary for a doctor.

Never ever give up on your dream! Just because something isn’t going the way you want it to (in regards to your dream) doesn’t mean that you have to give up completely. Sometimes you just have to take a little detour, and make a repair to the foundation of your castle.

What’s your castle?

You Are My Sunshine

I’ve always been one to read tons of blogs. There’s just something so satisfying about scrolling through a story, rant, etc. that displays someones point of view. Call me crazy, but I just love it. One of my favorite blogs to go through is Thought Catalog. This blog has tons of different writers about a ton of different topics. I’ve found quotes, videos, lists of different things, and even just prose articles. I’m not lying when I say that I sit in my living room opening tabs on tabs on tabs of tons of posts from Thought Catalog. Not only that, but I always have to go through Freshly Pressed. I’ve found some amazing posts that way too.

Anyways…the point of this is that about a half hour ago I was on Thought Catalog (surprise surprise) and I came across the cutest video in the whole world. It’s only 25 seconds long, but I swear I was smiling from the second it started to well past the ending point. This video proves that you can defy the odds. This little girl suffers from severe dwarfism. And doctors were not too optimistic about her future, including deafness and lung impairment. But watch that video, you never would guess that she is suffers from dwarfism from the sound of her voice.

She has defied the odds. She is an inspiration that no matter what terrible things are happening in your life you will get through them. There is something better out there for you. A long time ago I heard a quote, I couldn’t tell you who said it (and when I googled it, there weren’t any promising straight forward results), but it’s a quote that has stuck with me for some time. “It has to get worse before it gets better”. I firmly believe that in order for things to get better, you have to be broken down first to your most raw and emotional state. It makes the “getting better” so much sweeter and enjoyable.

The point is things get better. And if you are having a bad day, just listen to that 25 second video. It should brighten up your day.

When you’re having a bad day what do you do to cheer yourself up?!

Sometimes good …

Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.

I was thinking about this today. I went canning this past weekend (Canning is student volunteers from the Penn State Dance MaraTHON stand on street corners all weekend to collect money for the Four Diamonds Fund at Hershey Children’s Hospital), and I had the amazing opportunity to meet 2 Four Diamonds Families. They were so grateful for everything that we, as student volunteers, were doing for the weekend. 

I am a Four Diamonds Family. In December it will be 3 years since I lost my brother to cancer, so I understand everything that these families are going/have been through. I am so appreciative of the Four Diamonds Fund and THON. It makes THON so much more amazing because my family and I have been on the receiving end.

If it wasn’t for what happened with my brother, THON wouldn’t mean as much to me as it does. THON has brought me closer to the most amazing individuals that I have ever met. I guess this quote is similar to the one that says “Everything happens for a reason”. And I think that it does. Just like the quote says things fall apart so other things can fall together.

It isn’t the end. It is on the beginning.