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Intimidation

I am new to blogging, but I thought sharing my first thoughts about this experience would allow many others to relate to me. Being able to be a part of MS Run Athletes is very exciting and motivates me to achieve my goal in both fundraising and running! However, if you look at everyone’s biography, you will notice I am the least experienced when it comes to running. When meeting the other MS Run Athletes my inexperience became more apparent due to hearing about the marathons and 50-mile races some of them were doing. Yes, I’ll admit it, I was intimidated, just as I was when I first met Ashley. I remember the first time I met Ashley was at my first 5k, the following week Ashley came into Pick ‘n’ Save where I use to work during the summer. We made small talk as I explained to her that I was at the 5k that MS Run The US & Peak Performance put on and before she left she handed me her business card saying that she is always looking for new running partners. I was really moved by how friendly she was, but all I could possibly think was that this girl ran all the way across the U.S. and all I can run is a 5k, why would she want to run with me? Long story short, I never gave her a call to go running. I contemplated it, but in the end I felt like I would slow her down and would just look like a fool compared to her. Looking back at this now all I can do is just laugh. The truth is that no matter what skill level you are at, in the end we are both runners trying to get others involved and active. Maybe I can’t run across the U.S., maybe I can’t run a marathon, but I can move, I can run, and I can improve. I guess the moral of this story is to never say you can’t and never limit yourself, it will only hold you back.

-Dana

  • by danapavelsky
  • posted at 3:05 PM
  • October 6, 2012