This morning, I completed my first half marathon race. It was raining, muddy, and there were large, deep puddles every few feet on the C&O Canal. My shoes and socks were drenched. By mile 1, I felt like my feet were 10 pound weights. I thought about turning around and postponing my goal by just registering for another race on a different day.
Thankfully, by channeling the support of my family and friends as well as the energy of the other runners, I pushed myself to keep going. The instant gratification of getting dry and clean would mean I failed to complete a goal I worked so hard to achieve.
By mile 6, I was having a blast. I no longer tip toed around puddles or tried to avoid being splashed. I embraced the challenge. I focused on the tranquility of the Potomac River. I absorbed the beauty of the plush green trees. I jammed to the music blaring through my headphones. I simply had fun.
This experience taught me a valuable lesson:
“The only limits we have in life are the limits we impose on ourselves.” -Bob Proctor
Let’s keep pushing forward!
Melanie Elizabeth Bates is a consultant and attorney based in Washington, D.C. The views expressed here are her own.