Running from Fears and Chasing Dreams

If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.

This blog post is going to be a little different than what I usually write,  but as a writer, I feel compelled to write differently if it’s the best way to tell a story (or, in the case of most of my writing, tell someone in a church office how to complete a task).

A few months ago, my job started a Couch to 5K program. I’ve never done Couch to 5K, and I was a little skeptical. Going from not running to running 3.1 miles in a little over 2 months? I’ve ran tons of 5Ks, and running 3 miles is still a big deal. Even after running 10Ks and a half marathon, a 5K is still challenging.

ACS Runners

ACS Couch-to-5Kers- Hardcore!

Throughout the past few weeks, I’ve seen people who never realized they could run complete 30 (or more) minutes of running… including my coworker Susan.

Over the past 9 weeks, Susan hasn’t missed a workout with Couch to 5K. If it’s hot- she’s sweating it out on the trail. Chilly and drizzling rain? Doesn’t miss a beat. A little sore? Not quite feeling 100%? She runs it out anyway.

I won’t disclose Susan’s age- after all, she knows where I sit at work :). But many people that age would say they’re too old to start something new. Not her- she doesn’t make excuses like that. Over the past 9 weeks, I’ve seen the joy that running has brought her and the other Couch to 5k participants, and it’s super inspiring. A few weeks ago, I saw some Couch to 5Kers running on the trail, and I could see the determination in their eyes, even in the 90+ degree South Carolina heat.

When it comes to running, she says I inspire her, but I don’t know if she realizes just how much she inspires others.

This past Saturday, Susan ran the Williamson Park 5K- a week earlier than the Couch to 5K training program suggests. She finished in 32:58 and won her age group- in her first 5K!

ACSers at the Williamson Park 5K

ACSers at the Williamson Park 5K

When I grow up, I want to be like Susan.

She is the champion, my friends...

She is the champion, my friends...

Whether it’s an athletic, academic, career, family, or personal goal- the next time you want to try something new, but think you can’t, think people will laugh at you, think you’re too old, or think it’s silly… think about people like Susan- people who make things happen, instead of making excuses.

Sometimes you have to look your fears, your anxiety, and your excuses in the face and tackle them head on. Ultimately, those things hold us back more than society, circumstances, and other people.

So, what are you waiting for?

Q.) What’s a fear you’ve tackled recently?

Q.) Does it feel like Fall yet where you are?

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13 Responses to Running from Fears and Chasing Dreams

  1. Kari says:

    That woman beat my PR … and I’ve been at it for years … go Susan!

  2. Awe wow! That is great! Seriously and that PR is so awesome. I’m trying to run different routes and make not every workout a hard one if that makes sense. I have the biggest fear if I’m not 100% all the time then my racing will suffer.

  3. eleanorpie says:

    Aw, sniffle. That’s so great. Makes me want to run again – and the weather is PERFECT for it right now.

  4. Nick says:

    Love this!

  5. Allie says:

    AWESOME post! Susan is so so inspiring! I agree that we hold ourselves back because of fear.

    It kind if feels like fall around here :) today was warmer though-73* lol

  6. I love this! You did an amazing job…way to motivate!!!

  7. Rachel says:

    wow how inspirational!! i hope she reads this and knows how many people see her as an incredible, motivational woman! i’ve never been able to run distance, even after weeks of trying. it certainly had been feeling like fall here in Boston, but the past two days have actually been humid and weirdly summer-y. i kinda miss the nice fall temp, though it’s nice not to have the rain we had all last week.

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Oh definitely, I sent it to her before posting, but she’s kind of a big deal at our job and everyone knows she’s a rockstar… it’s only those who don’t work with us who we have to confirm that fact to ;).

      Hope it feels more like Fall for you soon, especially being somewhere like Boston!

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