I think I can, I think I can, actually I don’t think I can!

I’ve hit the wall!

This running thing is getting the better of me. I see people out running and they all look so athletic, so trim, no wobbly bits as they bounce along, making it look so easy and effortless. As if they were running in a Disney movie with blue birds on their shoulders and deer and cute wee bunnies hopping along beside them. Me, well, there are no bluebirds or bunnies (step away bunnies, otherwise you will get trampled) just the cold hard reality, the wind in my face, the bugs flying into my mouth as I fight to suck in enough air to keep me alive another day.

No, things are definitely not looking pretty at this stage!

But I have learnt that when you hit that wall, you bring out your sledge hammer and you smash it down! Don’t ever believe that the wall in front of you is too big to climb over, or better still, smash it down completely. The easy thing would be for me to give up. To use my old “sore tummy or stubbed toe” excuse and tell myself its ok, at least I gave it a go!

What if all those great people out there had not succeeded at what they set out to do, but just “gave it a go”

What if Sir Edmund Hillary had stopped half way up the Mountain?

What if Thomas Edison had quit at trying to make a light bulb?

What if Levi Straus had stopped short of creating denim?

Or worse still, what if John Pemberton had given up on inventing Coke? (Sorry, just had to catch my breath there for a minute, that thought is beyond comprehension!)

Now I’m not saying that my running is going to change the world, but it is going to change my world, and that can only be a good thing!

So I persevere. It’s not pretty. It’s not glamorous. Most days it’s not even co-ordinated but I am out there, running, despite all my excuses and attempts at quitting.

And you know what…… I can now run for 20 minutes without stopping! Ok, so its not the New York Marathon (yet!), but for me its a huge achievement. I set my mind to it and I did it.

You place a wall in front of me, you’d better watch out, this girl has a sledge hammer and she’s not afraid to use it!