Whatever It Takes: This is Kath
I have one of the greatest jobs in the world. I get to meet and talk to some amazing and motivational people who just like you and me, thought they couldn’t do something until one day, they find what drives them and they make a commitment to themselves, start training and never look back.
Kath is one of those amazing people. I met Kath on my Facebook page Fit Healthy Edge. She and I have chatted about many things. One thing about Kath that really stood out to me was her determination to succeed. I work with many people who want to lose weight or get stronger, but only a handful are ready to do whatever it takes. Kath is one of the chosen few who found an activity that she could learn to love and then continue doing it bigger and better.
I asked Kath to share her story with all of you and she graciously agreed. The following is straight from Kath’s mouth. I hope you all find her as inspirational as I do.
From Kath on April 10, 2014:
I started running in April 2013, did a 5k in July, a 10k in September for a charity close to my heart, raising money for a hospital that helped my mum through her breast cancer time. This was my way to say thank you.
I set myself a goal in August 2014 that I’d do a half marathon in 2014, and a bigger goal in 2015 of doing a marathon. When I first started running I walked and ran (walked more than ran) and hated every minute of it. It was hard and it pushed my body further than I thought possible. Stubbornness prevailed, and when the trainer that I ran with said, we’ll run a mile today, I looked at him stupid, but my stubbornness kicked in and it wasn’t long until I was running extra miles, building every week. We got to 8k, and the following week he said, let’s do 9 this week, but feeling great I pushed to 10k, completing my first ever 10k practice run in June 2013 after never running before in my life!! I hated it, but the challenge gripped me.
In early Sept. 2013 I got injured, 2 weeks before the race, ligament damage in my knee, but had to run, I was too stubborn not to!! I walked some of it, the pain was bad, but my heart was determined!! I had people telling me not to, but it was too late, I was hooked. I became a runner, and I’ve not looked back.
I’m going to do it again, and beat my time this year, and have signed up already. I started to train myself to run a half marathon, and believed that I could, so I did. 2014, I went to Silverstone in March and ran my first half marathon. Not my best time, but my first official, another one to beat. This year I’m doing two 10k’s, two half marathons and survival of the fittest (an obstacle course and running). 2015, I have signed up for a full marathon.
I set goals and determined to reach them. As from next week, I will be training in the gym 3 times a week and doing 3 different running types with guidance off a good friend. I’m ready to get to my goals, and hope that people see me doing it and know that you can do anything you want if you set your mind to it. I’m not the fastest, I’m not the strongest, but I’m trying my hardest, and that’s all that matters. I’ll never give up on my goals, and keep pushing to better them.
Kath is the perfect example of what can be accomplished if you truly want it. She didn’t love to run. In fact she said she hated it, but she was determined. She just put her head down and was willing to do whatever it takes to reach the goals she set for herself. I love that half-way through, Kath calls herself a runner. That is a badge to wear with pride. All of you runners know exactly what I mean. If you are looking for the formula for success, look no further. Kath found her ‘Why’, committed to herself, overcame challenges, trusted the process and the guidance she was given, and she succeeded and continues to set goals and reach them. Kath, thank you for sharing your story. You have inspired me and I know you will inspire many more.