Doubt has been such a big part of my life for so long... I always doubted myself, I was always asking my friends family or just whoever their opinions of my decisions I should be making. Doubt does such a big thing in our lives... Its like the "buzz kill" of our happiness & dreams & this took me years & years to overcome.
When I was in my early 20s I did powerlifting, and I was a really strong good lifter. I excelled in this sport as I do in my running today. I attended many powerlifting events and compititions but never had the courage to actually compete. I would listen to my friends and family saying "girls do not do things like that, girls don't lift 300 pounds".... I was so crazy to listen to this mess...
I could be 34 years old with those accomplishments under my belt because I would have won alot of those competitions, unfortunationately I wasn't smart enough then to listen to myself.... So today when I hear people saying things to me like I will never run again or I will not qualify for Boston I alway disregard their doubt and listen to MY positive mind! It did take me years and actually I think it took a marathon for me to learn myself that I can do this and I am capable of SO much more than I ever thought!
I had a conversation just the other day with someone and I was stressing to him that his doubt does nothing but tear him apart! To focus only on the positive even when it is a negative situation... And I only told him this because I was speaking from many experiences...
- Stephanie McDuffie
- Hello I am Stephanie M. Freeman and I have created this to let everyone walk with me through my journey I am taking to accomplish my dream of qualifying for the Boston Marathon.Running is such a passion of mine. When I was 14 years old I experienced a life changing event that gave me this passion. I suffered a brain injury from a car accident that left me in a wheelchair & with no hope to ever walk again. For 2 months of my life I prayed for my miracle, and with strength and determination I proved all my doctors & nurses wrong... I walked again!When I run now a days I let this memory drive me harder than ever to be the best person/runner I can be! So therefore I know this goal of mine WILL happen for me and I will make most sure of it!