My name is Trisha. I am a wife and a mother to three very busy boys. I am a chocolate addict and fitness lover. I have been an athlete my entire life. It all started for me when I was just nine years old playing in my friends front yard. I don't know what came over me, but as I was running I did a front handspring! I popped up with a face full of excitement and ran home to ask my mom to sign me up for gymnastics.I was a natural at it. I loved the sport so much and it did not take long to make the team and start competing. The gym was my world, My dream was to be an Olympic gymnast someday, but my world came crashing down on me when I was doing a routine dismount off the bars. I slipped and landed wrong, hyper extending my knee, and breaking it in the growth plate. After two surgeries, two pins, and eight days in the hospital I was sent home in a wheel chair. I had no idea what was in store for me. My recovery was long. It took an entire year of intense physical therapy. My family felt it would be better and safer if I did not return to the gym. My dream of becoming an Olympic gymnast was shattered.
As I sat on the sidelines and watch my siblings playing soccer I decided I wanted to give it a try. Come to my surprise I was actually pretty good at it AND enjoyed it! I found a new love. I continued to play competitively for 12 years. I played center half, which is basically the quarter back of soccer. I ran A LOT and enjoyed it. That is where my love from running came from. After my soccer career was over I still wasn't finished becoming a better ME and pushing myself. I started running every day for exercise. In 2008 I decided I was going to take my running to the next level and signed up for a race. It was the Disney 5k. I felt nervous and excited. The whole race atmosphere was so exhilarating. After that race I decided some time in my life I would run a full marathon, 26.2 miles.
As time went on I signed up for more races. The training helped me stay in shape after having babies, but the thought of running a full marathon felt impossible for me. I felt silly that I even made it a goal, when in fact I truly didn't think I could ever accomplish it. I had every excuse, I don't have time for the training, my knee won't be able to handle it, I'm scared, I can't, I can't, I can't. Every time I ran a half marathon I thought there was no way I could run that all over again to make it to my goal. That goal I made so many year before quickly was fading away and it broke my heart.
In 2016 after another half marathon I decided to stick around and watch the marathoners finish. The feeling I got as I witnessed these athletes who were in all stages of life cross that finish line was empowering. I thought to myself, I can do that, I WANT to do that, and I am going to do that. I decided I was not going to let fear get in the way of accomplishing a dream of mine. I was stronger than that. After quietly preparing myself mentally I went ahead and registered for a FULL marathon. There was no turning back. I was scared out of my mind, but I was ready to do something I have been wanting to do for a long time and I was ready to prove to myself that I can do hard things.
In June 2017, after six months of training, lots of aches and pains, good days and bad days, I ran 26.2 miles. I became a marathoner! I am now part of the .5% of the US who has run a marathon. I am so proud of that! The race was mentally and physically challenging, but the reward of accomplishing a dream outweighed it all. My journey did not stop there. I came back four months later and ran another marathon beating my previous time by 20 minutes.
I am proud of myself for making a goal, a new dream after one was shattered. I am proud that I never gave up. I learned through my journey our mind and bodies are capable of so much, we just have to have faith in ourselves. Life can be really tough at times and it is important to find something that we are passionate about and shoot for the stars. We all can do hard things, we just have to believe in ourselves. One of my favorite quotes is, "don't let fear get in the way of your dreams."
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Trisha Jacobson is a wife and a mother to three very busy boys. She is a chocolate addict and a fitness lover.
Trisha believes life is too short to let fear get in the way of our dreams.