Have you found yourself wanting more, but not knowing what that more was? How did you find it? And when you found it, did you realize right away you were looking for it? Or did it take time before you realized it was something you needed in your life?
I overheard a coworker talking about needing a runner for a relay team. Even though I haven’t ran since high school, I was intrigued. I have great respect for this gal and it got me thinking, “I want to be on her team!” I can run, right? Working at an elementary school playground balls often find themselves on the wrong side of the fence. I was the lucky one to retrieve it. Of course there is not gate to easily grab it, one must walk 500 miles. A clear vision came to me. If I can run to the ball I will consider joining her team. So off I went. December sun with cool air made a nice setting for my maiden run. And, can you believe I made it to that darn ball! Thank you, Jesus!! It was a far run, at least a quarter of a mile! Probably, more like an eighth of a mile. Either distance – it was far for this non-runner. Catching my breath, trying to tell my lungs to stay in my chest, I walked and wheezed hoping some normalcy would return before I faced my coworkers. That mid-December day, I signed up for a Ragnar Trail Relay Race.
Couch to 5k became my best friend. If you are not a runner, as I was, I highly recommend this app. It guided me by baby steps into becoming a runner. The hardest thing is do not “forget” to run. It takes dedication. Starting out was easy enough. My 10 year old even started running with me. Then, when I had to run for 5 minutes straight I felt like I was ready to throw my phone with the app out. Before I knew it, I realized I just ran 3 miles without stopping! Pure joy! It wasn’t a fast 3 miles, but it was 3 miles!
I say I am not a runner, although, I do say I run. I AM that one runner who makes all other runners look good. What I found that day walking into the office is I had something in me I didn’t know I had. I had a drive I thought I lost back in my twenties. The saying, “you are never too old to try something new” is true!
That July, I ran the relay with 7 other awesome (real) runners. It was a dream come true I never had. Two days, and over 15 miles, I did it!
Finding dreams that become gems in your life are prominent life-changers. Overhearing a conversation was the start, not only in taking control of my health, but it it opened doors I never thought I would face, let alone open.
What is your dream you never knew you had?