Would you believe me if I told you I ran my first full marathon with zero training?!
Zip. Zilch. Nada.
I bought a number off Craigslist two days before the race and ran as Lilly Lee, a 38-year old from Honolulu Hawaii. Of course everyone told me I was insane for randomly deciding to run 26.2 miles, but honestly, there wasn’t a doubt in my mind. I knew I was fully capable of conquering this personal challenge, because I was able to imagine myself at the finish line, sipping on champagne and smashing some malasadas with a shiny medal around my neck.
Then on race day, after 5 hours and 45 minutes of running, I did just that.
Just to be clear, I’m not telling you to go out and run a marathon tomorrow. I’m sharing my story with you because it’s living proof that we have the power to accomplish some pretty epic shit! However, before you can pop bottles at the finish line, first you must learn how to believe in yourself.
Training the mind to believe you enjoy running can be a little tricky. But after years of experience I have learned, the ultimate way to mastering your mindset is a solid playlist.
Music holds the power to transport us to another world and has been proven to make running suck less. Case in point, my Badass Beats: #RunMalibu Edition.
When I was selected as a Malibu Half Marathon Ambassador I was kind of slacking on my running game and needed to get inspired STAT. I decided to create a playlist about the California Coast, so I could really start manifesting that award-winning race along the breathtaking beaches of Malibu.
Now, not only am I feeling ready to take on such an iconic race, I’m stoked to really dedicate my time to a proper training program and cross that finish line feeling like my most badass Mermaid self!
(Listen to the full playlist on Spotify here.)
See what I mean?! It’s hard not to feel inspired after jamming out to these tunes. With the perfect blend of sick beats and timeless classics, I guarantee your next run will have you feeling ready to conquer the Malibu Half and 5k with me this November.
So what are you waiting for? It’s time to start believing in your best self and sign up for the race already!
Use my code MALIBUMERMAID17 for $15 off your entry and let’s do the damn thing!
xx Fins & Kisses,