We all have our “limits”, but what does this truly define? I know I have hit what I thought was a limit during many of my races, but kept pushing myself far beyond what I thought was once possible. We all have these “limits” set in our heads, and they are not necessarily a good thing I have come to realize.

While running the trail half marathon up and back down Beaver Creek Mountain on Sunday, I thought I had hit my limit to be honest. I was hurting, the lupus was trying its hardest to get me to stop and give up. See, I have pushed myself too hard before and ended up getting hurt, I didn’t want that to happen so a lot of thoughts went through my mind. I finally decided after some praying and talking to myself that I needed to finish this, I wanted to finish it.

And finish I did, in a decent time, and wasn’t too bad for a trail half marathon that was intended to kick your ass. And I am beyond happy that I pushed through and finished the race. Its the satisfaction of knowing you didn’t fail, you didn’t give up, you succeeded.

I personally after an awesome work out last night, have to come to realize I don’t truly believe in limits. I will push my body till I am laying on the floor in a pool of sweat going “That was awesome!” Yes, there are plenty of people out there who think I am crazy. Yes, there are people out there who believe I don’t really do everything I do, but in my heart I know I do. I do because I can. I do because I don’t want lupus to conqueror my life. I do so that others may see and be inspired by what I do. I am amazed by the people who have come up to me and said I was inspirational. I know God gave me lupus and RA for reason, yes it took me about 8 years to figure that one out, but I did and thats simply to inspire. I love hearing when people are encouraged to push harder and go farther because of me and my story. I also have the haters out there that I have encountered who don’t believe that what I am doing is right or I am not doing it right. Well they can go fly a kite, because I don’t need that negativity in my life. I am not trying to beat anyone in a competition. I am simply trying to survive and kick lupus’s ass. Pretty cut and dry answer.

So the biggest question you must ask yourself, is what is your limit? Have you pushed that limit? Should you push that limit. Like I said you SHOULD NOT have limits, they will only hold you back. You would be amazed at what the human body is capable of. Even a human body riddled with lupus and RA. Go figure that if you put your mind to something and have a goal set, YOU WILL ACHIEVE IT!

Until next time, heed this quote from Thomas Jefferson :
There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder.


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