By Ambassador Cintia Listenbee

What if changing your life was as simple as the click of a mouse? Would you dare to to do it? Training for the Chevron Houston Marathon and the Aramco Houston Half Marathon have the power to transform your life. How so? It has changed mine as well as the lives of  over 250,000 runners throughout the history of the Houston Marathon. My friend Mary Sorgenfrei nudged me to sign up in 2013 and that simple click transformed my life. Here are a few reasons why you should sign up too:

 It changes you. You will be one of 27,000 runners with a common goal: overcome the impossible. All the training and sacrifice that goes into race day is translated into life lessons you will carry for the rest of your life. The impossible will be achievable and as you cross that finish line, you will be immediately open to limitless possibilities in every area of your life. It is that powerful!

• It makes a difference. The largest single day sporting event in Houston makes a worldwide difference through charities with a variety of worthy causes. You will be influential not only in the area of fitness (you’re training for a long distance race for goodness’ sake!) but your training has the power to educate and inspire others through the Run for a Reason Charity Program.

• It gives new vision. Running Houston in such a monumental way helps you get a new vision of the city and also of yourself. As the course takes you through scenic areas, you start thinking about the obstacles you had to overcome to get to the start line. Those hardships are behind you and a great finish is ahead of you. As you make your way back to downton you realize that the marathon itself doesn’t change, but it changes you.

I don’t know if running a marathon is on your bucket list or if you feel inspired to raise money for a charity. What I do know is that the first step to achieving your goal is signing up. The new you is as close as the click of your mouse. I dare you to join us as we run the Chevron Houston Marathon and the Aramco Houston Half Marathon.

About the Author: Cintia Listenbee
Cintia is a 35-year-old journalist who caught the running bug during childbirth recovery. She found the cure while running the 2014 Chevron Houston Marathon. She enjoys singing with her husband and their 3 small children. She records all her running and family adventures in her bilingual (English-Brazilian Portuguese) blog
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