When I received the invitation to join several other bloggers on a two mile run at the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, I had an instant desire to take part. And then my inner voice chimed in…
I’m too fat. I’m not strong. People will laugh at me. I can’t do it.
I put it out of my mind until I logged into the Disney Social Media Moms facebook group and saw this post by Kuleen Lashley from The Disney Kids.
OK Ladies! Respond here if you want to join me in a 4 week training to do the run.This is for gals that :
1. Don’t run unless their child is at imminent risk of death
2. Would rather have a root canal than run
3. Have NEVER in their life gotten a “runners high” or anything close
4. Can’t do Couch to 5K because they can’t run for a full minute.
5. Know that keeping up a 12 minute/mile minimum is going to be iffy
I appreciate a good sense of humour, and saw that there were other non-runners signing up so I decided to let go of the negativity and just do it (I could totally do a Nike commercial now). I downloaded a Couch to 5K app, changed my eating habits and started training. Our little group encouraged one another and reported our progress, which kept me focused. I hurt my knee while running, so I put on a brace and kept training. I felt everyone one of my forty years, and then some, as I developed a sore hip and eventually some pretty extreme shin splints. Walking was painful and I thought I would give up, but after some encouragement from Erin (an experienced Disney runner) I joined the gym and started working out on the elliptical while my shins recovered.
I lost ten pounds in 4 weeks, and I felt great. But I still doubted myself. That little voice was telling me that I was going to embarrass myself, that I wouldn’t finish and that I would hurt myself and not be able to walk through the parks after the run. I nearly shared my decision not to run a half a dozen times, but each time I changed my mind after reading the accomplishments of the other members of our group.
On the morning of the run we had some words of encouragement from Ali Vincent before boarding a bus and heading to the ESPN Wide World of Sports.
We were split into two groups. One group who would run and one group who would follow the Jeff Galloway walk/run method. We would walk a minute and run a minute. I looked around and realized that I didn’t really know anyone in my group, and people I had chatted with online seemed to have partnered with friends and I had that need to escape again. It’s amazing how many insecurities can surface over a little run, and even more amazing that I’m sharing them with you, lol. There’s a reason I’m sharing though… it’s because I know that so many others have the same thoughts and feelings that I have and there is strength in numbers. If I can do it, you can do it.
So I ran. I had the privilege of running next to Dayna Steele who shared that she runs or walks two miles every single day (and she looks incredible) and Ali Vincent who is so positive and inspiring. I realized that I had been training the wrong way at home. I had pushed myself hard until I couldn’t go anymore, but the Jeff Galloway method made the run so much easier. That is how I will train from now on.
I finished the run. I don’t care where I placed or how long it took (and I honestly don’t even know), I’m just thrilled to have finished. It was a mental hurdle and I feel a huge sense of accomplishment for getting over it. I signed up for Relay for Life (donations welcome!) so I will keep running to get ready for that, and my husband and I decided to train for a future runDisney half marathon.
Thank you Disney for sharing your amazing runDisney program and helping so many of us get on a healthier path!