I hadn’t played flag football in at least 2 years.
My friend Xavier, who we call “X”, had me come out and play with some guys we have played with throughout the years.
It was just a friendly pickup game, weekend warrior type stuff, nothing serious.
The problem wasn’t just that I hadn’t played in awhile and my skills were rusty, it was the physical shape I was in.
I could barely run a 15 yard route without taking the next play play off.
I was at record fatness, with little to no mobility.
The next day I ran into X and his wife Tiffany at the grocery store and they start talking about this Ragnar trail thing then ask if I want to join their team.
“A Rag…What?” I said.
If you aren’t familiar with Ragnar trail it can be best described as a camping trip with 8 teammates who each run the 3 designated courses that add up to anywhere between 15-17 miles.
Oh yeah… it’s 24 hours too, so you’ll most likely be running in the middle of the night with a head lamp.
After they asked me to join the team, I thought to myself “Didn’t he see me play football yesterday? I barely made it through that. I can’t run that far”.
I left the store thinking, “Yeah right, I’m not going to do that”.
Later that night, after it had been bouncing around in my head, my curiosity got the best of me.
I sent them a text, “what’s that Ragnar thing again?”
We ended up on the phone, they explained in greater detail what it is. I tell them I’d let them know later.
I sat there thinking about it for a minute, finally I looked in the mirror and say, “I can’t, I’m in no shape for this”.
So I send them a text.
After I hit send I have instant regret, what did I just do?
“I don’t want to do this!”, “I am not a runner!” I tell myself.
Ironically, that is exactly why I chose to do it.
Because I didn’t want to.
My logic was, if I could accomplish something I had no interest in doing, imagine what I could accomplish if it was a goal I believed in… that would be easy!
Over the next 3 months I followed an app that told me when to run and how far, I followed it diligently.
I ran in the heat, I ran in the rain, I ran at my daughter’s soccer practice, I ran on vacation, I ran before the sun came up and after it went down, I just ran.
I felt like Forrest Gump…
I was runnin’.
This training allowed me to finish my first Ragnar trail.
Now, this weekend, I will run in my 3rd Ragnar Trail in less than a year.
15 months ago, I changed my words from “I can’t” to “how can I?” and accomplished something I never thought I’d do.
Is there something you’d like to accomplish but have been afraid to try?
Imagine what you’d be capable of if you stopped saying “I can’t” and asked yourself…
“How Can I?”