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April 14, 2016

What’s five more miles? The last time I ran something with a set start time and a stopwatch was the presidential fitness mile in middle school. To me, five more miles sounded like something I did not want to think about. As you’re probably thinking, I signed up to run a half marathon — why didn’t I run more than eight miles in my training?! Well, first, my friends convinced me that they would run the race with me. That didn’t happen. So I attempted to train and found running incredibly boring.

Which brings me to my final five miles. I ran in New Market, New Hampshire Great Bay Half Marathon with a group from Gould this past Sunday. All of whom had run before and were well prepared for this day. I was ready though — I had gotten through the hardest part and believed that I could do it. I told myself that I could do it and that I was strong enough to complete the task. I did not rely on the support of others or what others might have said about my running. I told myself that this was something that I could do.

People often place their self worth in the hands of others, allowing other people to define who they are and control the boundaries of their abilities. As you grow, let yourself explore new opportunities whether it’s taking an English elective or trying a new sport. Everyone has limitations, it’s what we do with those limitations that makes us who we are. It’s debating between presenting in front of your class or creating a audio voiceover. Running the half marathon or stepping down to the 5k. You can handle success and you can handle failure, but you will never learn if you don’t fall. Try something new, I mean what’s five more miles?! 🙂

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Congrats to everyone who went and ran the half marathon and the 5k. Everyone received amazing participation medals.

Elise

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