So you think you can’t pick up running “late” in life? Think again. My conversation with Alissa really blew me away. She is an outlier in the running community; never having run a single mile until in her late twenties after getting married, having two kids and taking on a full time digital marketing career! Fast forward two-and-one-half years later and she completed her first marathon (NYC) in November 2017 in 3:23:13. Sick!
Alissa’s story is one that proves that hard work, dedication and a “can do” mentality will allow you to accomplish whatever it is you set your mind to. Have to be at work at 8:00 AM? Then you get yourself to the gym at 4:00 AM. Have kids to take care of? Then you get yourself to the gym at 4:00 AM. Have a husband (or wife) to spend time with? Then you get yourself to the gym at 4:00 AM. Have major surgeries that require you to be out of running for months on end? Then you get your yourself to consistent rehab and force your will on your medical team to ensure that you are back at it as soon as humanly possible. These are the types of sacrifices and actions required if you want to be elite.
Thanks again to Alissa for shedding light on her running journey and showing all of us that we, too, can achieve these miraculous feats if we simply dedicate ourselves to an ultimate goal. I really look forward to seeing what Alissa does in 2018 and beyond (Olympics anyone?).