Susan Grober’s inspiration story. From dreaming of doing 5km non-stop in 2010 to multiple halves, marathons and ultras within four years. “There are no limits, there are no rules. You decide what you can and can’t do”
Considering where I started from 4 years ago, I never for a moment ever entertained the notion that what I’ve done this year would ever be possible. But that’s been my greatest lesson; there are no limits, there are no rules. You decide what you can and can’t do.
When I started running, just like learning a second language, it was a lifelong dream I never thought I would be capable of, or have the opportunity to do so seriously. But then I met my beautiful husband, and my life changed forever… 10 yrs later, I speak fluent German. Four years after starting to run, with the sole goal of being able to run 5km non-stop… Well, I didn’t stop, nor will I… I have achieved 4 half marathons, 4 marathons and 2 ultra marathons (2 marathons and one ultra in the last 3 months alone). I’m reassessing my limits and I’ve decided I haven’t found them yet. I’m not fast by any means, I’m one of those who is happy to be back of the pack, my only competition being myself.
I’m reassessing my limits and I’ve decided I haven’t found them yet
Running for me has become a metaphor for life, it challenges me to constantly to strive to be a better version of myself. To try harder, learn from where I went wrong, correct my mistakes, to embrace the hurt and pain and master it without letting it consume me. To pick myself up and dust myself off when I stumble and fall (which I do so on a regular basis, there are many friends and family who can attest to that) both figuratively and literally. I’ve learned to keep going, one km at a time and to recognise when to call it quits and try again another day. But most importantly, I’ve learned to embrace the love and support from some of the most caring and supportive people to have ever walked (or run) this earth… Runners are good people and I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and befriending some of the best.
Just spent a weekend watching some incredibly tough and gutsy people run ridiculous distances in some incredibly tough conditions. To the runners – you’ve no idea how much we enjoy absorbing the undiluted joy of seeing you finish these events, whether first or especially last… You’re simply heroic. But we equally feel your pain and disappointment at having to pull out after all the preparation and all the pain…. The heartache is truly palpable… it’s time to set some new goals…
I can’t wait to see where I find myself in the next four years…
The moral of my story, I guess you could say, is be brave, take a chance, close your eyes and take that ridiculously terrifying step towards accomplishing your goals… Nobody can, nor will ever decide for you what you’re capable of. That’s entirely up to you. You only get one life, but you get innumerable chances… Reach for the stars and fill your life with love and joy. At the end of the day, that’s all that matters anyway.
“be brave, take a chance, close your eyes and take that ridiculously terrifying step towards accomplishing your goals”
Life isn’t like a marathon like the old saying goes, it’s a bloody ultra-marathon, filled with ups and down, moments of self-doubt, periods of blandness, followed by excruciating lows and blissful highs… But like all things, sometimes you get so focused on where you’re going, you forget to look around and enjoy your surroundings.
Enjoy the journey, the destination will take care of itself.
Two years later and not only have I continued to live my own words, I hope I’m still inspiring others to as well. 5 more half marathons and 2 ultra later.. with last year’s crowning glory being my first 50miler… I didn’t stop there, I took on triathlon and completed my first half ironman this year and enjoyed every minute of it… This is a timely reminder to never quit on myself and never lose focus of my goals…
Believe in YOU, you are amazing…