The Race Was Not Won, But It Is Done

Last weekend I completed my “Impossible Ones” challenge (fundraiser for Pencils of Promise) to juice fast for 30 days, while training for then running a 5 mile race. I wasn’t quite the winner in the race but I came close. I was 91st…..out of 95.

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As you can see I completed the race with blistering speed. And as luck would have it since I wasn’t dead last the police car wasn’t following behind me with its lights flashing signaling the end of the race. I was planning on posting the race photo as proof of the completion of my challenge, but unfortunately it is hideous so you will just have to believe me. My friend Karen will testify as she was there. She ran the race, got something to eat, had a pedicure and then ran back a half a mile to run in with me to the finish—now that’s a good friend.

Ok, I am poking fun at myself, but honestly I am proud of what I was able to do. I ran 3.2 miles before I had to walk for a bit, and I walked probably a mile and a quarter total. I was hoping to run the whole thing, but I did run further than I had this last month while I was training. I think Karen and I both busted a tear or two when I finally finished.

As you are well aware, this was no marathon. It’s really no big feat to run five miles…..or 3.2 in my case. Millions of people run many more miles than that every day—in fact a few of them are my friends. What made me feel emotional and a little proud about it was that I chose something that for me did feel impossible. There was a lot of uncertainty in it. I didn’t have any idea how the juice fast was going to go, let alone whether I would have it in me to start running at the same time. It certainly could have gone horrifically. But it didn’t. In fact it went quite smoothly. And that is because I got the idea in my head that I could do it, and then I did.

What we think and believe is what we live. I could have thought my way right out of that challenge. Instead I had a really positive attitude about it, which made doing it seem sort of simple. One foot in front of the other, one juice at a time, until it was done. I set the intention and kept up the vibration of what I wanted to achieve. Law of Attraction in action baby!!

I love the Law of Attraction. It is that cool Universal truth that tells us, yes, you can do anything you set your mind to as long as you stay in the vibration of it. Even if that something seems scary, or hard. If we truly want to do it we can, and all the support we need will come at the right time to help us along the way. I think that is just fantastic!

Speaking of support, may I say a most heartfelt thanks to all who supported me in this venture. Words of encouragement go a long way and make for good vibrations!


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7 Responses to The Race Was Not Won, But It Is Done

  1. Esther October 14, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    Have the pleasure of being Gwen’s friend ,it’s like watching a metamorphosis, the butterfly has left the cocoon!!
    Thanks Gwen you are an inspiration!!

  2. nancy October 7, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    Gwen…You are so funny! You are an awesome blog writer.I am so glad you finally felt the fear and did it anyway! About that pedicure Karen received while waiting for you to finish, I hope you used quality products.

    • Gwen
      Gwen October 13, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

      Thanks Nanc!!!!! Yes-feel the fear and do it anyway!!!! I still have that :-) Haha and yes good quality products haha!

  3. Donna October 6, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    Great story, Good Job on the race, the things we think are little to us are great to other, I just started back riding my bike on the weekend, the longest so far in a day, is 38 mi in one ride day. building up to 50mi. As I ride the trails a lots of biker past me by, a few come back to see if i’m okay, when I stop on the side of the road to catch my breath. LOL but I make it all the way back to my car, with sore butt and all. But I feel better of what I have accomplish for myself, so the little thing are turning to become a great thing in my life, reading ur post keep me encourages. Thank U Gwen

    • Gwen
      Gwen October 6, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

      Hi Donna–thanks!! 38 miles–that is fantastic!!!! Great accomplishment–keep basking in that and keep up the good work!

  4. Andy October 4, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

    Go Go Gwen! What a great story!!! You could turn that into a funny TM speech!

    It’s only the beginning! Keep the Juice and vibes flowing!!!

    • Gwen
      Gwen October 4, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

      Thank you Andy!!! Good idea about the TM speech :-)

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