“Take it one day at a time. Trust and believe. Take it slow, do not get ego involved.
Don’t over think it. Look forward to the hurt.
Stay focused and remain faithful through life’s ups and downs.
Find purpose again.
Be willing to let new ideas and new people change your life for the better.
Remember you are doing this because you love it, to test your limits, and to become the best version of yourself.”
I came across these encouraging words from a friend’s journal entry she had posted on Instagram. I immediately identified with so many of the statements as an independent photographer.
Ayla Granados started running her junior year in high school and after a long and arduous journey ended up at Chico State becoming a two-time All American for Cross Country and the 5K. She is now on her way to becoming a post-collegiate professional runner. She’s strong, smart, goal driven, and such a sweet and genuine person, not to mention really fast!
Drawn from the many discipline-inducing words of inspiration given to her from her former coach and other runners she admires, her journal expresses her struggle and the kind of success she is aimed at. No one is telling her to do this. No one controls her steps. It comes from within.
“I run to explore my potential, test my limits, learn how to overcome obstacles. There’s a weird satisfaction I get from pushing my body past limits that most people think are impossible. I do it to become the best version of myself.”
Ayla is currently sponsored by the Brooks Inspire Daily Team and is training in Colorado and California this summer. And in case you are wondering, her weekly mileage ranges from 55-60 in the off season and 60-75 in the peak season in addition to hitting the gym twice a week. I’d say that’s pretty motivated!