A Letter to the Inspiring Girls on the Run from Honorary Race Chair, Kim Hudson
When I was a girl, many people told me I couldn't do certain things. Actually, I was told I couldn't do a lot of things. They gave many, many reasons. And, those reasons seemed to make sense. After all, many of those reasons came from people I loved and trusted. This did not stop when I became a young woman. The reasons kept coming, and those words stopped me from chasing my dreams for years.
I was told by someone I loved, and had every reason to trust, that I would never be a successful reporter because of my short naturally-curly hair. I believed that person, and I stopped working to produce my audition reel.
But, I met people who treated me as if my success was certain, if I was simply willing to work hard. They let me shadow them at work. They gave me advice. They took time out of their busy schedules to offer training. They were men and women, black and white, in front of the camera and behind the camera. It took years and a lot of help. But, I reached my goal and I am working my dream job.
Do I still fight to function, despite those negative words in my head? Yes, every single day. But, those tough years taught me this: What one person won't do, someone else will. If one person won't help you, someone else will. If one person will not show you how to achieve your goals, someone else will. If one person won't support you, someone else will. You just have to keep looking and keep working.
Your mission is to believe in yourself enough to find those who will guide you, support you, and hold you accountable to your dreams.
I was also told that I could not run distance because I was too heavy. So, when I was in my teens and 20's I didn't run. With lots of coaching and practice, I ran my first 5K at Komen when I was 40. Two years later, I ran a 10K on my own. I learned so much when I ran. I learned how to pace myself. I learned how to not push myself too hard. I learned how to visualize meeting my goals. I learned that finishing is what is more important than anything else in the whole world.
I go to a gym that has these words all over the walls and even on the t-shirts: "Be a finisher".
Ladies, take all the lessons you learn while running on the road and apply them to every area of your life. Be a finisher.
With lots of love and miles,