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You, too, can be a runner

| Sunday, January 19, 2014

This is not meant for the avid runners who go for a seven mile “light” jog (but feel free to read on). This is for everyone who thinks that they will never be able to run any long-distance events in their lifetime. Guess what? You can. I am in no way affiliated with the Holy Half Marathon, but I encourage everyone to sign up. Here’s my story:

Just over a year ago, I had not been able to run more than three miles at a time. Then my friend asked me to run the Holy Half. I was hesitant when registering for the race and even more hesitant after starting to train. Over the course of the next two months, I felt more and more accomplished. Week after week, I beat my previous distance. Run after run, I felt better and better. It eventually came time for us to pick up our packets, evoking feelings of happiness and fear when I got to see my bib and the number it carried. After the race, I felt like crawling into a hole and never seeing the light of day ever again. I told myself that was the last race I’d ever run.

Funny how long that vow lasted. A couple of weeks later, in April, that same friend convinced me to sign up for the Inaugural Dopey Challenge at Disney World. The challenge consists of a 5K, 10K, half-marathon and full marathon in four consecutive days, 48.6 miles total. Over winter break, I completed the first ever Dopey Challenge with two of my closest friend right by me for all 48.6 miles. I smiled for the picture when I crossed the finish line, but as soon as I knew the cameras were out of sight, I started balling my eyes out. They were tears of pure joy and happiness. It is still hard to grasp the enormity of what I had just accomplished. How often does one get to say they ran 48.6 miles?

Moral of the story? I went from a couch potato to a “marathoner” within a year. The Holy Half did a great job of letting me know that I am capable of running, but it was my friend who made me believe in myself. I want to be that person for you. I want to tell you that you can do it. I want you to know that you can finish the Holy Half and any other challenge you put your mind to. It will be a lot of work, but it is totally worth it.

Go Irish. Go you.

About Wei Lin

Wei Lin currently serves as an Assistant Managing Editor for The Observer. He served as the Photo Editor on the 2014-2015 Editorial Board. He is a senior Accountancy, Economics, and Chinese triple major living in Knott Hall. He hails from the borough of Queens in New York City.

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