I had a lot of time on Friday to think during my 18 mile run.
So so difficult. But I'll recap it later.
What I was contemplating for like 3 hours was how weird/crazy/annoying it is that people have told me that I can't do this marathon coming up. (gasp! i know right??)
I haven't had too many people in my life tell me i'm not cut out for something.
(flashback to my organ professor at BYU telling me that I wasn't musically talented. Stefi, remember when i came and cried on your bed and you fed me cereal?)
Maybe it's because I grew up in a supportive home and had parents who encouraged me to do things that were out of my comfort zone. (thanks mom and dad) But now that I'm an adult, I've noticed that I've run into people that either aren't supportive or happy for me, or just flat out say I can't do it.
umm RUDE! #negativenellys
I'm sure i'm not the only one that's experienced this and I wanted to say if you have run into any of this negativity like i have, DON'T LISTEN TO THE DOWNERS. I repeat. DON'T LISTEN TO THEM! You know your self better than anyone and if you want to do something, do it!
A little bit ago, I was talking to someone about the marathon coming up and how it has been hard to train because I had kidney stones. and then the flu. and one thing after another and I only started training a couple of months ago and bla bla bla.
And this person looked me in the eye and said, "Well stephanie. You're going to get injured." And the person just kind of shook their head and went on and on about how it was a bad idea and that i probably wouldn't be able to do it. I kind of just laughed, mostly because I was caught off guard, and responded with something like: "Yeah well i think it will be fine. My goal is just to finish."
and then me and devin kind of laughed about it after because this person wasn't credible and isn't even a runner.
anyway.. what i'm trying to say is: push yourself and make goals that are kind of crazy and then go after it! What's the worst that can happen? If you can't complete it, that's fine. But don't limit yourself just because someone says you can't do it.
I hope everyone out there has at least one supportive person in their life (or multiple supportive people).
My biggest support is Devin. When I think I can't do something or run the last few miles, Devin tells me I can. When I think i can't run a marathon he not only tells me that i can but he tells me that i have to. Maybe it's because he knows how happy it makes me to reach a goal. But i think we all need to start surrounding ourselves with people who have good, positive energy and who are supportive and also become that type of person ourselves and encourage the people around you.
that is all.
and here is my texting convo with Devin. He sent me that response + the link (video below)
I was laughing so hard.