Last spring I was training for a half marathon and was struggling to even hit my 8 mile mark. So, I reached out to my big brother who I have always believed knows everything. His response was simple, “Run 4 miles away from your house, turn around and run home.” Asshole. He made it sound SO simple. But the next morning, I woke up and took his advice. I ran 4 miles from home, turned around and ran back. So today when I was running my 5 miles I looked down and saw that I was keeping at an 8:43 pace. I started wondering how long I could hold onto that pace. I started doubting myself that I could really keep it up for 5 miles. Since this pace would be a totally achievable pace for my over achiever brother I started wondering how he kept up this speed. What advice would he would give to me about maintaining this speed for 5 miles? Then I heard his voice. Simple advice as always. “Just don’t slow down. “ Asshole, I thought. But I didn’t- I held that pace through the entire run. Like lickety split. People always say running is mental game and it is so true. Doubt and fear are the biggest obstacles to conquer when running. The same is true in life. One of my favorite quotes of all time is: “It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.” There are times in all of our lives that we are our own worst enemy. We create boundaries, fears and doubt in ourselves. So my new mantra is going to be simple, live a life without limits. Who is coming with me??!?!