In highschool I took a public speaking class, the memories from that class are seared into my brain for forever. Looking back I think it was one of the classes I hated the most because it took me out of my comfort zone. I can still remember the teacher telling me on days I had to go up in front of the class, I shouldn’t wear bracelets. Even though my arms were behind my back she could hear the bracelets clicking together as my hands shook nervously.
16 plus years later my arms are still piled with bracelets, and they still shake a little. Now I just make sure to pick bracelets that don’t clank.
A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of speaking at a local Athleta store. I love public speaking yet at the same time it terrifies me. I think there is a fine line between exhilarating and terrifying and for me, public speaking is on that line. The more events I have under my belt the more it leans towards the exhilarating side.
The day of the talk, I decided I wanted to talk about something different from what I had planned – I didn’t want the talk to be all about me. Being a blogger that mostly talks about yourself can be inherently narcissistic, even if you don’t want it to be or mean it to be. While I love putting down my thoughts – I do get tired of talking about myself.
There was a period of time that it made me self-conscious when I asked myself what I had done to deserve certain opportunities. I asked myself this when Athleta contacted me and asked me to come speak. What did I have to say that was so great? Who was I that I was in some way special or unique from many other runners I know? Basically….why didn’t they ask someone other than me?
I settled on the fact that this is why Athleta or other brands/companies/races ask me to come speak.
I am not an elite.
I am not the fastest girl you will ever meet.
I consider myself average.
I am not a fitness guru.
I did not go to college to study nutrition.
I am a mom of three who happens to be passionate about the fact that movement heals, whether it is Pilates, yoga, lifting, walking or running. Whatever your form of movement is, it has the potential to improve you as a person both mentally and physically. It can literally transform your life if you let it.
There are millions of other people out there that are more interesting than I am but that doesn’t mean I can’t be excited about sharing my words. I think you should feel the same, your words could help others.
“My story” if you will, is just like that of thousands of others. I was unhappy in life, I found running, life has been better ever since. I still struggle with my weight, with my self-esteem, with motivation. I share my journey with the hopes of not only helping myself by accountability, but also because maybe someone will glean something helpful from what I have to say. If someone finds some of my words encouraging or helpful then maybe they will share their words or lead by example and maybe others will glean something from them. It’s a chain reaction and the more positive reactions we create in the running world, the better in my eyes.
29 marathons ago I was just a girl who ran to lose weight. 29 marathons later running has not only become my passion but it’s helped me feel like I’ve found my purpose in life.
Aiming for the stars in life isn’t reserved for only those people who are the best of the best at what they do. You get to decide what your dreams are, it doesn’t matter what anyone thinks of them, they are yours to make come true. Anyone, absolutely anyone can take steps to life the live they imagine. Does that mean it will be easy? Likely not, but I’d venture to say that it’s all the times that someone says no or the times you fail and fall flat on your face that make the dream that much sweeter.
On that note I’d like to share that I will be speaking at the First-Timers Pep Rally at Marine Corps Marathon this fall. This is being made possible by a partnership with the North East Beef Council and the Beef Check Off Program. This partnership makes sense from a nutrition stand point as I fully believe that eating mostly Paleo has helped me to feel better than I have in years. I understand and respect nutritional differences but personally believe that eating more meat, specifically grass-fed humanely raised beef has had a positive impact on my life.
I registered for the race through my Runner’s Club entry but will be running as a part of Team Beef on race day. I’m also excited to share that I will be leading the stretches before the kids race on Saturday. Sharing my love of running with first time marathoners and kids pretty much tops my list in life.
Marine Corps Marathon holds a very special place in my heart, not only because it was my first marathon, but because the day I crossed the finish line of that race was the day I became a runner in my eyes. I can unequivocally say that I have never been the same since.
Hope you are having a great Tuesday – if you made it to the end – thanks for reading this lengthy post! xoxo Dorothy
A friendly reminder that today 3/24/15 is the last day to order a pre-order #irunthisbody shirt – I won’t be ordering extras of the long sleeve so if you want one now is your chance! I will be placing the order for them tomorrow – online ordering for them will close then. www.dreambigrunlong.com