Linda Cowen was one of the first people who I didn’t know to read Some Nerve - as VP & Deputy General Counsel of Penguin Group (USA) she did the legal read of the manuscript. When she called eager to talk about facing fears I was so relieved and happy that someone who wasn’t a friend or my editor engaged with the book. Well I just got the best email from Linda today:
“I want to tell you that I had my own little chapter out of your book last weekend and ran my first marathon. By the time I got to running it I was not afraid at all, but before I really started the training I had to get over years of not running, and years of convincing myself that running a marathon would always be something I aspired to, but never achieved. I had to take some workshops to change my running form and joined a Facebook group (“Runners Corner”) full of other people doing the same thing (best use of social media!), and eventually it became inevitable that I would do it. It turned out I’m actually very good at distance running and now I’m already planning a few more, including NYC and Boston. Doesn’t that sound like your swimming/surfing stories?”
Linda just turned 50 in March – FIFTY – and just ran her FIRST marathon. And even better:
“I finished in 3:59:23, which meant I qualified to run the Boston Marathon (for 50-54 year old women you need to run in 4 hours or less—and I’m 50! Woo hoo!). That was my goal, which was daunting, but I did it!”
Running a marathon at any age, in any time, is such a commitment physically and mentally. It means staring down the fear of not being able to make it to the finish over and over in training. That Linda set these daunting goals for herself and then did it, is a tremendous achievement. I love that she knew she would need help and found (and I’m sure gave) support along the way. Her story fits right in here at FFUD – after reading Becky’s post about conquering heights at the ropes course, Linda wrote:
“I also love Becky’s story– I’ve done that same course (the yellow I’m sure) and I was petrified!”
Linda signed off with “good luck! I love the book and hope many others will as well!” I’ve been feeling nervous about the book going out to the world – this time next week anyone will be able to read it. But stories like this are the reason I wrote Some Nerve. I’m going to read this post over and over as hopefully a sign of many more to come.
What will your #SomeNerve Challenge be?