It Always Seems Impossible Until It’s Done

woman running a marathon

Words By: Margaret Galang, YMF Founder and Amy Munton, YMF member

Is there anything you’ve ever wanted to accomplish but haven’t yet because you think you can’t do it? Or you think it’s impossible? Have you ever said “oh I’d love to do that, but there’s no way I ever could”? I’m sure this is common in all of us, because how can we know for sure we can do something, when we’ve never done it before? I guess the only way we can really find out is to actually do it! Or at least give it a go. Problem is, a lot of people don’t even go as far as giving it a go because of the belief that they can’t do it.

Over the years, I have seen so many mums achieve things they never thought possible when they first joined. They amaze themselves at how much they can actually do. But it shouldn’t really be surprising should it? I mean, after all, we did manage to grow a little human inside us and give birth to it, didn’t we? If that’s one of the hardest things us women go through in life, then anything else should be doable, right?

I want to share with you one of my favourite YMF success stories. Amy is one of our long-time members and she is a true example of the quote “it always seems impossible until it’s done”. Read on about how Amy went from struggling to run at all to completing the Gold Coast 42km Marathon.

When did you join YMF and why did you join?
I joined YMF after the birth of my first daughter in 2013. I had been living in London when I fell pregnant, so I hadn’t really looked after myself so I needed to get back into shape. It was also a way to meet new people, especially other mum’s, as I was only new to the Gold Coast.

What was your fitness and strength like when you first started?
My fitness was non-existent and I had little strength. This was really disappointing to me when I first started as I had always played sport growing up. Growing up I was never a runner but I remember my first beep test at YMF I only just got to level 2 which was hard to accept.

What have you achieved in your time with YMF?
I’ve achieved so much in the last 5 years, I started off with baby steps, from completing 1km running non-stop to 5km then up to 10km. My confidence started growing so I decided to push myself further. I’ve tried everything from obstacle course races (The Stampede, Tough Mudder & True Grit Night Attack), I completed a triathlon, numerous 5 and 10km fun runs and my biggest achievements have been a half marathon in 2hrs 7mins and a full marathon! Along the way I’ve also lost weight (20kg at my best), gained muscle, gained a heap of strength and gained a new found understanding of myself.

What made you decide to do the Gold Coast 42km Marathon?
I think the idea popped into my head when I just completed the half marathon and someone said “you’ll be running the full next”. Maybe it was from the endorphins from the race but I thought to myself, why not! I’m also pretty stubborn so once I put it out there, there was not backing out haha.

For most people, a marathon seems impossible. What was your mindset leading up to the event, considering you had never done it before?
It was quite daunting to start with, 42km is a long way, but the training leading up to it built up my confidence. Training for an event like this requires a lot of commitment and it wasn’t easy getting up at 4:30am to go on a big run. However, once you start doing these types of events you start to remember the feeling and the sense of accomplishment you get when you finish them, mentally that was a big driver for me. I get hooked on that accomplishment and pushing my mind and body to its limits.

What’s your best advice to help people achieve things they’ve never done before?
My first advice for people is to set goals and celebrate every achievement no matter how big or small. For me I didn’t just wake up one day and decide to enter the GC marathon, it was all the achievements along the way that built up my confidence. Secondly find a group to do different events with, whether it be an obstacle course where you dress up and be silly, or a running race and you have breakfast after to refuel. Friends help you achieve things you could never imagine. Lastly, just have a go, what’s the worst that could happen? Seriously, once you start, you begin to realise we can do anything and what an example we can show our kids that there are no limitations to what we can achieve.

Every journey, like Amy’s, starts with the first step – are you ready? If so, book in for a free 7 day trial and get started. Click here to book in.

Margaret Galang