blast from the past | marathon monday #29

This weekend I was looking back on some old journals and cleaning some things out. I stumbled upon something I wrote before I ran my first ever half marathon – the Salt Lake City Half Marathon in April of 2014. It’s short, but I wanted to share it because it addresses something that we’ve all struggled with at one point or another. Also! How crazy is it to look back and see the things we used to think and feel? I’ve had breakthroughs and experienced enlightenment from things I’ve said in the past without knowing I was being profound. It really goes to show that the answers we are searching for are inside of us. Listening to and believing in ourselves is always thee most important thing!


19 April 2014

It’s 5am and I am MORE than ready to go!! I’m nervous and anxious and ready to start. I think I am most nervous for the actual start. That means there will be no stopping and no turning around! Also, how does one even start a race like this?! Ha, that seems like a silly question but I think it’s certainly valid.


Damn. That gets me every time.

If we break it down, it really is simple. The way you start a half marathon, or any race for that matter, is to move one foot over the starting line and then the other. Repeat for several, SEVERAL miles.

It’s such a simple thing yet it means everything.

me (obviously) before starting my very first half marathon. salt lake city, utah, 2014

In theory, I should not have been scared of moving my feet over a line. I move my feet every single day of my life. What made this day any different? Well to begin with, I was going to be in perpetual motion for 13.1 miles and no less than 1 hour and 59 minutes. Why was I getting hung up on starting? Why are we so scared to start things?

Because – “That means no stopping and no turning around!”

Wow….ain’t that the truth?? How many things have we failed to even begin because it meant we were in it for the long haul? Because it meant we would need to put in the time and the work? Because it meant our lives might change for the better?

I know, I know – it’s a lot to think about on a Monday, but it’s super important (and timely for me personally!). As we approach the beginning of the third month of this year, I want us to all remember that we don’t have to wait until January 1st, 2019 to start things. We can start them on March 1st! Or tomorrow! Or NOW!

It’s never too late to start something you’ve always wanted to do. It’s never too late to change your life. It’s never too late to start over. It’s never too late to pick back up what you shouldn’t have dropped. It’s never too late to forgive yourself.


Happy Monday y’all ❤

Author: Jess

Las Vegas local / writer, creator, festival goer, explorer, marketer, promoter, special event & experience curator

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