They Say Doing is Believing

They’re old. The rubber sole has pulled away from the shoe – I’ve had them for years. I don’t even know how many it’s been? The Mr. has suggested, then offered and even tried to bypass me altogether and just replace them for me. But I refuse to let him, always reminding him that I would just go return them if he tried… And probably come home with shiny stilettos instead! I pull my athletic shoes out two or three times a year (maybe) and it’s not even for something athletic – so you can see why there is no reason to replace them. They don’t need replacing, they need dusting.

I am not athletic.

I am not grace. I am not the first one picked… or the second… or the third. In fact I was the one when everyone had been picked that the team captain who’d gotten stuck with me thought it best for his team to just offer me up to the apposing team as a freebie. I can’t blame the guy, it was a decent enough strategy and worth a try but of course the other team captain saw right through his scheme and always refused to take me. Yep, that’s how athletic I am. When high school came around and we were supposed to go running I promptly got myself a doctor’s note saying I couldn’t. Exercise is a 4-letter word in my head.

So what on Earth possessed me to decide to slip them on, tie them up and head outside for a run? I have no idea! Okay. That’s not entirely true… It may have had something to do with my 28 year old backside not resembling it’s previous counterpart from a decade ago. {Maybe} But it also might have just been because I’ve been feeling so invigorated, so affirmed in my resolutions that I thought… Why not! It can’t hurt to try it.

At least that’s what I thought until I woke up the next morning. I felt like I’d spent the last 24 hours riding full speed on a Clydesdale. But even still, I’m pushing through. I like this new me. The one who naively believes that I can do anything I put my mind to – even running. I hope nobody teaches her any better.


  1. Hey! Several of us here in Portland are running in the shamrock race on March 13th, 5K, 8K and 15K races if you want to run with us :)

  2. Thanks so much for giving me an invite!! I’m taking baby steps… and when I say baby, well it translates to laughable. My current route is less then 1 mile after a week I’ll bring it up to 1.25 then 1.5 and maybe – just maybe get to 2 someday. A 5K would land me in the doc’s office, an 8K would put me in an ambulance on the way to the ER and a 15 would pretty much end me. Someday I hope to be so cool! Maybe when I grow up. :)

  3. Megan says:

    If I can do a slow 5K 3 months after giving birth I’m sure you can do a 5K in March!! Just getting past that first finish line really motivates you to do more. Love the photo and quote too!

  4. You guys think I’m way more awesome then I am… But I have to admit I love the feeling of possibility!

  5. I loved your post! I know you can accomplish anything you put your mind to.

  6. leslie bingham says:

    wow. somewhere in my head i figured there was someone else out there that was the same as me. felt the same as me. as (non) athletic as me. but the fear of being wrong and being the ONLY person that is athletically challenged loomed far more great. it’s SO nice to know you are the same as me! i, too, am 28 and not in exactly the same shape as i once was. not that i’m complaining a TON about what i have after having 3 children, but not where i want to be. and i couldn’t run a mile straight to save my life. AND i want to learn to LOVE running! i really do. i’ve been wanting to love it for a long time but lack the self discipline to do so. a friend’s friend told me about a book that i have not yet purchased (i’m quite the procrastinator) called SLOW BURN by STU MITTLEMAN. apparently, it’s a huge help in learning to LOVE and ENJOY running. anyway, might be worth a look. :)

    THANK YOU for sharing! :)

  7. Momma Marla says:

    I totally agree with Mary

  8. Thanks for sharing, I’ll have to check it out! Here is my way of thinking when it comes to running… Because you have 3 kids, you’ll get exactly what I mean! Any exercise that I might do at home makes me angry (it’s true) because there is so much other stuff that seems way more important to be doing PLUS there are 3 little stinker bugs that will want to be my trainers and if tried to work out while they slept I would obsess over the fact that this is MY time and it’s being wasted working out! The other thing is that any form of home exercise takes at least 45 minutes and more likely an hour. I don’t want to invest that much time which also strikes the gym as an option as that is way to time consuming…. This brought me to running. I can LEAVE the house ALL A-L-O-N-E. Instead of seeing it as a punishment it feels more like a reward. I’m only gone for 15 minutes to 25 minutes and it’s this wonderful time to think, listen to my iPod, clear my head, listen to audio books – whatever I want to do! It’s me time and it’s going to make my booty cute! ;)

  9. leslie bingham says:

    oh, i SO GET YOU on that! exercising at home is a joke cause they (being super cute) want to do it with me which is, more often that not, a safety hazard for them as i might accidentally kick/whack/smack them while doing the moves. it’s happened before. and there is ALWAYS something else to be done at home so i can see why running is the logical option. i never thought of it that way and it totally makes sense. :)

  10. I think you should submit that to the church for a poster.

  11. Ha! I just KNEW there was something different about you when we talked last! :) Way to go Leah! I love the image!

  12. This image and quote are amazing. I was wondering if you would mind if I used it for a lesson I am doing tomorrow? You can email me at

  13. You are welcome to use it! :) Sorry this is so past due!

  14. Tina says:

    Love the post and the poster. I’d like to share it. Ü

  15. You are welcome to! Just link back to the original post please! Thank you for asking, very thoughtful!

  16. I love this picture. It was featured on Run the Edge’s Facebook a couple of days ago. I immediately shared it with my Facebook friends. I would love a poster of this image, if possible, it really just speaks to so many truths within the world. Reading the comments above about you thinking a 5k would land you in the doctor’s office, and 8k in the hospital, etc. I think you’d be surprised if you did train for it, you don’t have to be fast to enjoy the event. If I could recommend Cami Ostman’s Second Wind (Available at Amazon here: It’s a great read, inspirational in that she’s a back of the pack runner at marathons, who didn’t have a huge running base to start.

  17. Thanks Brandon… If you shoot me an email, I’ll send you the jpg and you’re welcome to make a poster if you’d like! :)


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