There is no way

McKenzie River Trail

McKenzie River Trail

After I ran my first mile, I said to myself “there is no way I can run a  5k”

After I ran my first 5k, I said to myself “there is no way I can run a  10k”

After I ran my first 10k, I said to myself “there is no way I can run a half marathon”

After I ran my first half marathon, I said to myself “there is no way I can run a marathon”

After I ran my first marathon, I said to myself “fuck yeah I just did”

Not sure why this has been rattling in my brain lately. It’s interesting the progression of milestones and self doubt that I have gone through. I vividly remember finishing my first half marathon and thinking that to do a full marathon would require running that whole distance again, I was so mystified that people could do that.

I caught myself doing the same thing the other week when I was looking at the Boston Qualifying times for my age group. I saw what my pace would have to be in order to qualify and immediately thought, there is no way…which is total bullshit.