Don’t Let Anyone Tell You You Can’t

Hi friends! I hope you had a fabulous weekend enjoying the gorgeous weather. This was a big weekend for me, as the day of my first half marathon finally rolled around! I ran the Toronto Women’s Runs Half-Marathon; it’s an awesome running series and I highly recommend it for anyone interested in running organized races. We couldn’t have been luckier with the weather; it was sunny and relatively cool, and the park was beautifully scenic. I was surprisingly calm at the start gate, that is until I accidentally deleted my playlist two minutes before gun time! I frantically assembled a few of my favourite motivating tunes, and we were off!

Half Marathon Finish Line

1 hour and 48 minutes later, I crossed the finish line! I was a little bit shocked by my time; I knew I was going fast but the only goal I had in my mind was to finish in one piece. I felt really good throughout most of the race, save for the last two kilometres which were purely mental. The second best part aside from my finish time was watching my aunt cross the finish line as well. This was her twentieth half-marathon which blows my mind a little; go Zia!

Suzanne and Zia

We loved the finisher ‘medals’, which are these awesome necklaces by Foxy Originals. I can totally flaunt my medal without looking completely obnoxious :P

Focy Originals Finisher Necklace Medal

As any runner can attest, the best thing about post-race day is a free pass to eat just about anything you want. We opted for Fresh, where I heroically demolished the Sam Houston Burrito salad, Quinoa Onion Rings, and Cornbread. The hunger monster still wasn’t tamed, as I continued to enjoy frozen mango bars and double stuffed oreos with peanut butter like it was my job :P

Sam Houston Burrito

On a more serious note, I really want to emphasize that this experience has been a long time coming for me. Way back during my eating disorder treatment, I had a psychiatrist tell me that due to my compulsive tendencies and ill-health, I would never be able to run again, never mind a half-marathon. I remember how terrible it felt to have someone tell me that I couldn’t do something. After working closely with a doctor I trusted, we finally decided I had reached a healthy weight and state of mind that would support me in reaching my goal to prove that psychiatrist wrong. If you have an ‘impossible’ goal, I hope you too can find it within you to work hard and prove all the unbelievers wrong!

What is your ‘impossible goal’?

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About Suzanne Poldon

runs on plants. eats out of mason jars. bends like a straw.

27. May 2014 by Suzanne Poldon
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  1. I am so proud of you! Firstly, on absolutely killing your “impossible” goal. You are incredible!! And secondly, on your AMAZING time!! Wow girly, you clearly ran an awesome race. And yes, the food monster is totally the norm :) so happy for you.
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  2. You show them Suzanne! You rocked that half lady! Seriously impressive time for a first race.
    My Mum once told me that “can’t” is the ugliest word in the English language. I think I’d agree.
    We can do anything we want if we put our minds to it :D
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  3. Congrats girl!!!

    I think it’s so unfair for anyone to tell another person that a goal is impossible. Way to prove that psychiatrist wrong! ;)
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  4. So freakin happy for you lady, especially considering your history – to be able to attack something like a half marathon with a healthy body and healthy frame of mind after an eating disorder speaks volumes about your strength, both physically and mentally. You are awesome <3
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  5. You’re amazing!!! Congrats on achieving the impossible. So proud of ya!
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  6. Congratulations, Suzanne! I really admire you for running a half-marathon. :) My “impossible goal” is blogging full-time. Since I just started, I know it will take awhile, but I plan to stick with it!
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  7. proud of you, girl!

  8. Congratulations! That medal is beautiful :)

  9. Wow lady I’m so so so proud of you! This is so awesome and you’re right- never let anyone tell you what you can do. You know yourself better than anyone!
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  10. Congrats Suzanne!!! WOW on the time! Holy crap lady, that’s amazing =)
    I’m running a half this weekend and I will be honest in telling you that I am already looking forward to the post-race eats haha ;p
    That medal is pretty awesome too! I’ve never heard of necklaces as medals – very unique.
    So happy you find a good place & space and are able to run again.

  11. One hour 48 minutes? Girl, you’re a speedy runner and especially for a first half-marathon! Not like I’d run one yet – it’s on the [im]possible (?) list, too – but I’ve read and heard of many others’. Plus, it’s further proof of how far you’ve come in caring well for you body and mind. It’s awesome.
    Your note about goals others tell us we won’t be able to reach hit home for me and came at the very best time so thank you.

  12. Way to go, Suzanne. That medal is actually something I’d love to keep instead of the clunky medals we usually throw away. BTW, I am totally itching to try the Sam Houston burrito salad when I get back from Texas. ;)
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