Has anyone ever forced their advice on you when you never asked? Or simply tell you you CAN’T or it’s just not possible. Humans do this all the time. Forcing opinions on each other before we realize the effect it may have on another human. I’m usually hyper aware of this & don’t let the effects of others words or actions create an unwanted vibe within me. I understand sometimes people just need to vent & I’m there with open ears, but there are times when it may hit you harder than expected. You become effected. In July when the American Cancer Society reached out to me to run the Marine Corps Marathon, the answer was HELL YES. Fast forward to September we found out I was expecting a lil runner! My reaction was same,YES! New goal, new training plan & not once did I think this body could not run this race because I was pregnant. I was looking forward to completing this new goal +1. My doctor gave me the OK, with the understanding that I know my body best and it was MY CHOICE. I really wanted to share this amazing news. First reaction was always positive “congratulations” however the following was “ you aren’t running the marathon right?” These two sentences were repeated after one another enough times I decided to keep my awesome life changing news to myself. I WAS EFFECTED.
I was also surprised.
I’m fully aware of the stigmas that are still out there. I’m also aware of the risks & others concerns,but ultimately it’s MY CHOICE.
2 months later 10 weeks pregnant. The baby took over. Body changing, debilitating fatigue & nausea,EVERYDAY. D.C., morning of, I went through my marathon morning routine. Emotions of YOU CAN’T still lingered. I knew my body felt ready but didn’t set any hard expectations for the race. Every single step of this race was HARD, from start to finish. Fatigue,hunger,emotions.
Finishing this marathon was one of my biggest & hardest accomplishments to date. To Say I am so damn proud of this body & mind is an understatementstatement. Don’t ever let anyone or any stigma set your limits. Be bold enough to live your life on your own terms. Your body, your mind, YOUR CHOICE. No PR but a medal &finish line we are ready to share in May!👶