On April 18th I ran a 5K.

This is amazing because for 30 years I believed I couldn’t run.  I am physically capable but I had a mental block about running.

I started to believe I could run after doing 8 weeks of Seal Fit and eating differently. Each workout of the day consisted of various exercises that included short runs. One part of a workout might be 4 sets of a 200 yard run, 20 squats, 10 mountain climbers, and 15 push ups.  My endurance increased after each workout and I liked the way I felt after running.

I have a friend who trained for and completed her first half-marathon last year. She suffers with asthma but she learned to control her breathing and ran the entire race.  I was inspired by her resolve not to let asthma control her.

Last fall I began using the C25K app on my smart phone with no real intentions of doing a 5K.  I was so excited when I ran for eight straight minutes during the 5th week of training.  Then I ran 10 minutes, then 20.  The next thing I knew I wanted to run a 5K and set a goal to run one in 2015.

When I learned that Hospice of the Valley was hosting a Celebrating Life 5K I knew it was the one. I would be able to run in honor of Mom. We were blessed to have them care for my mother during her last 7 months battling COPD.  They were all very special to Mom and to us.

For two weeks leading up to the race I was a bit nervous.  I didn’t care about my time.  I just wanted to run the entire race.

On April 18th I ran the 3.1 miles placing 81st of 120 runners.

When I thought about quitting I thought of Mom who couldn’t run. I thought about how I would feel when I finished. I thought about my husband and daughter waiting for me at the finish line.

My daughter took this picture right after I crossed the finish line

Needless to say that was a very happy moment for me. It was exhilarating to run that race.  More importantly I was excited about what it meant for me in other areas of my life.

The thing is, I can do a lot more than I think I can. My mind just has to change first.

Any deep change in how we live starts with a deep change in what we believe and how we think. The change can start with trying something new.  Or experiencing a job loss or health crisis. A tragedy can spark the change.  Even watching someone else change can inspire it.

Whatever that thing is you thought you could never do:  try it.

Want to sing?  Paint?  Start a business? Write a book? Lose 50 pounds?  Be a speaker?

Take a class. Get some information. Do something.  Just try it. You might be amazed at what happens.

I plan on participating in the Celebrating Life 5K each year. Not only that, I’m going to run another 5K in the fall.

And I’m going to place better than 81st.



  1. onegirlsjourneytofreedom on May 3, 2015 at 2:16 am

    This is amazing. It always seems scary, until we try! I’m so proud of you!

    • mariegriffith on May 3, 2015 at 7:19 am

      Thank you. Who knows, a half marathon might be in my future!

  2. jjz3 on May 3, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Love this Marie! I’ve run on and off for years, but last year my son challenged me to start running some races with him. I did the C25K to get back into shape and ran my first 5K with him in March 2014. Great experience. So happy reading yours here!

    • mariegriffith on May 3, 2015 at 1:13 pm

      Thank you. It’s incredible what we can do when we change our minds. It helps when the kids challenge us too.

  3. kmcmcurtis7 on May 4, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    That’s great! I am going for that again. I was doing good a year or so ago and then got hurt. But I’m starting a new career this year, so a 5k could probably fit in there too. But it is motivating to see someone step out and prove they really can do something outside their comfort zone. Way to go!!

    • mariegriffith on May 4, 2015 at 9:19 pm

      Thank you. It really has opened my eyes to what I’m capable of. Good luck to you on yours.

  4. Have you seen Chris? on August 29, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Still running?

    • mariegriffith on August 29, 2015 at 8:24 pm

      Yes. I run 5 days a week and now looking forward to another 5k this fall. I want to do better. I can even see myself doing a half-marathon one day. I will need lots more training for that.

      • Have you seen Chris? on August 29, 2015 at 8:29 pm

        It’s so attainable. I ran my first 1/2 at 41. My wife did the c25k and kept going – she ran 5 miles the first time on her 45th birthday.

        Check out Smart Coach on the runners world website. (The UK smart coach has a free version.

        • mariegriffith on August 29, 2015 at 8:38 pm

          Thank you. I will check it out.

          • Have you seen Chris? on August 29, 2015 at 8:41 pm

            Let me know if you try it. A very experienced runner who is a university cardio coach showed it to me several years ago. He said it’s so simple but very high tech and uses it himself. It’s what I used to train for my first 1/2 and have continued to use it when I want to make a specific goal.

          • mariegriffith on August 29, 2015 at 9:08 pm

            I sure will. Thanks again.

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