If you want to feel really empowered, run or walk a marathon. I’m pretty much of a couch potato, but lately have been trying to become more physically active — working out, walking, you know the drill. Another year, another opportunity to start moving. After about a month of walking most days, I decided to sign up for a 5K walk –not run — but a “walk.” Yikes, what did I sign up for? I immediatley thought. Fortunately a friend of mine was in town and she volunteered to walk with me. Ah, always good to have a partner in crime (crime being to stop at a starbucks while on the walk).
Well the day approached. My alarm clock went off at 6am. I was so anxious that I hardly slept the night before. I was really wondering if I could actually do this. I had climbed mountains — well, mountains with steps — and flown all over the place. But this was testing my stamina and stick-to-it-ive-ness, much different than everything I had ever done. I got up, looked outside and the morning dawned clear and beautiful. A little cloud cover, but that was good. It definitely wouldn’t get to hot.
Off I went, picked up my friend, and we headed to the sign-in location. We got a number…now it was official! The bull horn sounded and we started to walk. It looked like the turnaround spot was about 100 miles away. I walked and walked. We finally hit the turnaround spot, then the long walk back. Oh my, I actually saw the finish line (and didn’t stop at Starbucks).
I had done it! Not to toot my own horn, but I had done it in under an hour. My arms went up over my head involuntarily, I felt like Rocky when he climbed the steps in Philadelphia. Folks there is nothing I can’t do. I am woman, hear me roar! All I can say is the feeling of euphoria and exhilaration, and the sense that, yes I can do anything is awesome. Try it…not only are you raising money for a good cause, you are raising your ego for your cause.