Farah Saleh: #roadto26.2

 

THIS WEEK'S TRAILBLAZER IS GOAL GETTER & ADVENTURER, FARAH SALEH

READ ON TO LEARN ABOUT FARAH'S PERSONAL JOURNEY:

 

KEEP UP WITH FARAH ON HER #ROADTO26.2:

instagram handle: @fur.saleh

email: salehfa1@msu.edu

snapchat name: @far.saleh

1. WHAT DO YOU WANT US TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY, AND WHEN DID YOU DECIDE ON YOUR DESTINATION?

In May 2015, I came across a statistic that stated something along the lines of "only 1% of the world's population have completed a full marathon." In that moment I thought to myself, how great would it be to be part of that 1%? To be part of the "elite" who have accomplished a fitness goal of such magnitude. I figured if I accomplish this goal and push myself beyond my limits both physically and mentally, I could accomplish even bigger goals to follow. I knew that completing a marathon would transform my mindset entirely.

2. WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME HIGHLIGHTS ON YOUR #ROADTO26.2? 

While there were definitely many obstacles and moments of self-doubt involved in this process, there were also many highlights. I was able to train myself, through consistent practice, to gravitate towards only positive thoughts. I learned to overcome barriers by constantly thinking about the end goal I had in mind and how far I had progressed. I kept telling myself that I was fully capable of achieiving my goals.

Crossing the finish line on race day was definitely a huge highlight - it was so surreal. It felt like a dream. I couldn't believe I did it! Since completing my first marathon, my mindset has completely transformed. Obstacles now motivate me to work harder instead of thinking I'm not good enough or incapable. What I once thought was unattainable is now so attainable. I know that I can accomplish whatever I put my heart into and I've learned that it all depends on your mindset. If you really want something bad enough, you can get it!!

 

3. WHAT ROADBLOCKS HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED, AND WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM THEM? 

I signed up for my first marathon in 2015. Just weeks into training, I encountered a common running injury known as IT band syndrome. It prevented me from running long distances due to severe discomfort in my knees. I tried to recover from it but there weren't any quick fixes. I decided to withdraw from the 2015 marathon to prevent myself from incurring further injuries and started attending weekly PT sessions.

When 2017 started, I told myself that I was going to run a marathon in October. I took my training more seriously, adopted new eating habits and pushed myself beyond my limits while training. My roadblocks became learning experiences, not setbacks.

4. WHAT RESOURCES DO YOU RECOMMEND TO THE REST OF THE #ROADTO_ COMMUNITY AS THEY TRAVERSE THEIR OWN PATHS? 

BOOKS

MEDIA

  • the podcast "Impact Theory" by Tom Bilyeu to be especially useful for personal development

OTHER

  • Have a giant whiteboard with your goals written on it-somewhere you can see it everyday! It will make it difficult for you to forget about what it is you're working towards

5. IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE YOUR #ROADTO_ COMMUNITY TO KNOW?

You are fully capable of achieving your goals! Be persistent and achieve greatness. 

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