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Creatively Achieving the Impossible

If you regularly read my blog posts, you know that I’ve been running. (If not, take a minute, click here, and check out my August 9 post, The Courage to Run.) This past Sunday, I did it.

I ran my first ½ marathon. All 13.1 miles. I did it.

Meet team ICE – Ify (right), Christina (center), and Elissa (left). And no, it wasn’t because I wanted my name first.  Team ECI or CIE just sounded weird.

Turns out it wasn’t just about the running. Crossing the finish line on Sunday (not in last place, by the way) proved to be about much more than running.

Until recently, I would have told you that it was impossible for me to run a ½ marathon. Way, way, way back in the day, I used to dread the mile run in gym class. This was 12 miles more than that so how could it be possible?

In my blog post last week I quoted Nelson Mandela who said, “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” On Sunday, I got it done so it no longer seems impossible.

The lesson of the ½ marathon was much bigger than the running. It was about knowing that the impossible is very much possible. It’s about getting creative in how we pursue the impossible and achieve it. It’s choosing not to focus on why something is impossible and, instead, determining what it will take to make it possible.

Sunday became possible thanks to:

  • Elissa (my wonderfully funny running partner who leaves for a morning run with me every day after we put our daughters on the bus at 6:41 am)
  • Christina (who has more speed than she admits to and also believes in getting the job done)
  • my brother Nnamdi (who really only gets up for work but was there to high five me at the finish line before telling me to “put some pep in my step next time” so we can get the first place prize money)
  • Nnamdi’s friend (and mine) Bryan (who reminded me to put it all out of my mind and get some sleep the night before… and then hosted a perfect celebratory party after)
  • my parents (who helped with kids and more so I could stick to a training schedule, but voiced the appropriate level of parental concern if I was heading out to run in the rain)
  • the Baer family (who cheered us on from multiples locations along the route)
  • Lisa, Jenny, and Jackie (who picked up my daughters and brought them to the race so they could witness their mother accomplishing a goal she had worked towards)
  • Paul, Miranda, and Hanna (Elissa’s family who were the first people I saw crossing the finish line)
  • Christine (who, when I said I needed to get a bike for training, calmly responded with “I have one you can have in my garage.”)
  • Steve and Rebecca (who got up early and hiked across town and up hills to see us, despite the high price of water at the event)
  • Oh – right, and a training plan that seems to have worked.

That’s my creative recipe for conquering a ½ marathon.

And no iPod playlist sounds half as good as my daughters telling me, “We’re so proud of you mom – you didn’t pass out or puke!”

More than the running Sunday was a reminder that with hard work, an incredible team of support, and some creativity – you can achieve the impossible.

Get out there and creatively achieve the impossible!

Ifeoma Aduba, AWP Director of Public Advocacy

Creativity: A Woman’s Place encourages the creation of meaningful new ideas, interpretations, and rules.*
*excerpt from the Values Statement of A Woman’s Place

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