Monday, October 11, 2010

Motivational Mondays (Oct. 11)

On Sunday I will run my third half-marathon. The Long Beach Half Marathon will be a special race for me because it will conclude my California Dreamin' Racing Series, which means I'll get a jacket and special medal. Having ran the Surf City Marathon and the San Francisco Marathon, this race was almost a no-brainer in order to get the jacket and medal.

But this race isn't special just because of that. Like all the other races I run, this race is special because I am participating. For me, showing up and running the race is a victory.

It's been right around three years now that I completed my 120-pound weight-loss journey, and about two years now that I became a runner, but I never take anything for granted. In some ways, it feels like just yesterday that I was wearing XXL shirts and size 44 pants.

When my wardrobe featured such clothes, I never thought I'd run a race. Never thought I'd run a marathon. Or a half marathon. Or a 10K. Or a 5K. Or a mile. Or anything.

In 2005; after my first marathon, in Feb. '10

Now, distance running is part of my life. It encompasses so much of what I strive to do and what I try to emulate in my life - perseverance, determination, motivation, grit, mental strength... so many things that I can and try to carry over to my personal and professional life. And I get a nice set of runner's legs for no extra charge.

Still, what running races reminds me the most is that I have come a long way, and I know that if I can get to the start line of a half marathon for the third time, that there are others in a similar situation that I was at who can do so as well. All you have to have is a little faith in yourself and a little determination.

Crossing the finish in San Francisco; in 2004

So when I set out to conquer Long Beach and try to get my PR, I will walk away with my glory no matter what time I finish in.

8 comments:

5thsister said...

Luis...you are a true inspiration! And when you show your before/after photos like this it demonstrates the motivation that brought you to this point. Have a great race Sunday!

Lisa said...

I have no doubt that you will rock this race. You've come such a long way and you continue to improve. You are most definitely an example to others. Be proud and rock that race!

Kerrie T. said...

Great post, LB! You made a great point at the end there that I need to remember as I set out for marathon redemption -- it's not the time, it's showing up and running the race.

Very inspirational!

Willoughby said...

The before and after pictures are truly motivating. There is serious money in motivational speaking, you know. Your seminars would be sold out, I have no doubt!

You'll kick butt in Long Beach!

Jill said...

Me wants that jacket - I so hope they do that series again! Good luck...but you don't need luck, you'll do awesome!!! Have a blast then, and give that Katie A a big hug from us both!

Katie A. said...

Love it! I hope you're feeling better! You have plenty of time to get in tip-top shape! Lots of fluids buddy!
And, I can't wait to see you!

Lisa said...

You are definitely an inspiration!

I know that you will do great on Sunday. You are right...it is a victory showing up to the starting line.

I hope we run into each other there, although I will be finishing well after you. It is going to be a great day!

brooks said...

Very inspirational! I agree with you, being there is already a victory. Great post! You inspired me. :)