In February I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Hawaii to visit my fellow coach and friend, Colette. As we were planning my trip she invited me to join her in the Great Aloha Run, an 8 mile run from Aloha Tower to Aloha Stadium in Honolulu on President’s Day. My first response was “Hmmmm, No thanks. I’m not really a runner. Plus, I don’t want to hold you back since you are a marathon runner.” Colette encouraged me and told me I could do it. I told you I’d have to think about it. She shared with me there are over 20,000 people who run and walk this event every year. People of all ages, shapes, sizes and athletic abilities.
So I took a few weeks to think about it. But it was more like thinking of excuses of why I couldn’t do it. “How could I possibly run 8 miles? The longest I’d ever run/walk was a 5K. Plus, I have exercised induced asthma.”
This was my biggest limiting belief. When I was 14 years old I was diagnosed with exercised induced asthma. Up until that point I loved to play basketball and run track but given the multiple breathing treatments and trips to the ER as a teenager I had to make some changes in my life. Now, that I’m an adult I have a much better handle of my condition which I am very grateful for.
After more consideration to Colette’s invitation I decided to say YES & to commit to running the 8 mile Great Aloha Run. I thought this would be a very good S-T-R-E-T-C-H Goal for me. I’d like to share with you my 8 Steps on how I ran 8 miles. These steps can be applied to any BIG goal, especially a fitness goal.
1. Decide To Do It. Saying YES. My verbal commitment to Colette was my 1st step in deciding to run 8 miles
2. Commit To Do It. Completing the registration form and paying my money was my financial commitment to do it.
3. Train for It. Thankfully, we had a mild winter in Kansas City so I was able to be outside and run with my dog Molly. Tracking how long I ran with my fitbit was very helpful. Additionally, I ramped up my hot power yoga classes. 90 minute heated Astranga & Vinyasa classes 3-4 times a week to prepare my body for the 80 degree Hawaiian weather.
4. Visualize It. Putting on my running shoes each day I thought about was it would feel like to stretch before the race, be with the 20,000 others preparing for the race, tap my shoe on the starting line, pass each mile marker, breathe in the fragrant Hawaiian air, feel the sweat dripping off my face and power through as I ran through Aloha Stadium to cross the finish line.
5. Plan for It. Making sure I had my inhaler, the right shoes, sports bra, shorts and most importantly fun inspiring running music to keep me inspired & motivated.
6. Prepare for It. When I got to Hawaii I wanted to make sure my body was getting adjusted to the climate so two days before the run we hiked Diamond Head Crater. Amazing views of Hawaii and a great way to prepare.
7. Embrace It. Race day I woke up excited and nervous knowing that all the training and preparation was about to pay off. I’m so grateful for Colette who stayed with me and encouraged me every mile.
8. Celebrate It. My celebration started when I saw mile marker 4 because I knew I was half way there and the celebration continued at each mile marker after that knowing that I was continuing to push and S-T-R-E-T-C-H myself and FINALLY running through Aloha Stadium to cross the finish line was the most empowering moment of the race. Woo Hoo! I did it!!!!
Then my celebration continued the rest of my time there. Going to the North Shore, relaxing on the beach and watching an amazing sunset.
What GOAL do you want to achieve? You can start small by walking 10,000 steps 5 times a week or taking 4 power yoga classes a week. Or would you like to run a half or full marathon. Maybe you want to ride you bicycle across the state in RAGBRAI this July or hike the Grand Canyon.
Whatever GOAL you have I’m here to empower YOU to make it happen.
I’d like to invite you to join me in my latest coaching offering of Walking Coaching. (for those of you who like in the Kansas City area) We can meet and walk and coach at the same time. If you are interested in a complementary 30-minute power walking & coaching session please contact me.