So there is this wonderful lake a couple of miles from my house, Red Hills Lake inside Red Hills State Park. This lake is almost two miles around and I navigate this lake three times a week and have done so since March of 2017.
When I first began I huffed and puffed, I mean I was really dying out there. I was over fifty pounds heavier and could only run in spurts and walked a lot of it. Then I built up my resistance to the point were I was running a could portion of it and began running this routine every time.
I often run with my oldest son, Lynden and he mentioned to me once many months ago that one day I would be able to run the entire lake without stopping to walk. That became my long-term goal and one I looked to achieve before the end of 2018. What I did though was get comfortable, I got really good at running this distance and last night while running, realized I had run farther than I normally do and I allowed my mind to stop me and walk.
With my second 5K coming up in three days, I decided to run everyday until then to make sure I was giving my body all I could until then. So tonight I took off like normal, listening to the incredible Lisa Nichols on my cell and began my normal routine. Then came the moment to stop for my first walk, but I just kept going!
Then came the first steep incline which I always ran up but never from this long of a run before. Up it I went and kept going! Then when I almost reached the parks main entrance, my mind kicked in and almost stopped me. Visions of quitting entered my mind and my body began to respond almost stopping! Then I saw myself running the entire lake and feeling how great it would feel to do this. I kept going, thinking I could make it half way before stopping. I figured I would run halfway, the longest distance for me at the park and could be proud of myself. Yet, at the halfway point, I didn’t want to just be proud of myself, I wanted the vision! So at halfway, I KEPT GOING!
Before I knew it, I had navigated the valleys, steep grades and down hill jogs and was back at the first incline I had ran up. I came down the hill and began the long trek across the road that rested on top of the earthen dam. It was here that my mind made one last plea for me to stop, saying I had done so well that it was alright to stop and enjoy the moment. Tired, I kept going! My feet began to feel numb and my lower back was tingling some from the run but before I realized it, my car was in view and I was going full steam ahead. I reached my car, tagging the driver side taillight like I always do and jumped for joy. I RAN THE ENTIRE LAKE WITHOUT STOPPING!
I want to tell you that I had no plan to do this when I began but the reality was that it was within me all the time and it is withing you right now if your willing to push the marker and move the needle. My wish for you is that you will push as I did and reward yourself with a well earned victory. You’ve got this!! Hit me up if you need encouragement!