My Lovely Wife saw this shirt in the store and had me take a picture. The saying isn’t new, but I like the “perspective” that the picture gives. Look at the NO!
In my life I am trying to make excuses rare, especially where running is concerned.
- I am not giving into weather.
- I’m not giving into pain (normal pain).
- I’m not giving into my head telling me to stop.
- I’m not giving into a difficult day.
I know that there are people “out there” that have a much harder life, more pain, harsher weather, overall difficulties that I am blessed at the moment not to have. I am healthy. I am running. I am eating. I am sleeping inside. I have a home, a family, a car, a Lovely Wife and great kids.
NO. I am going to make excuses a thing of the past. I may run till I drop, but I will make my goal. If I have to crawl, I will make my goal.
Running is cheap. It is simple. My time outside isn’t that much fun, but I have to do it and I have to run and I have to run outside. This is my life.
I honestly don’t know if I will make it to Boston or not. Sometimes I wish I didn’t create the URL 278toBoston.com. It seems to mock me sometimes. I run 4 miles at a 10:00 pace? That isn’t getting me anywhere.
But no excuses. I will get there, I will keep going. I will put on my running shoes everyday. I will go out of the house and RUN.
Boston or Bama. Whatever.
JUST DO IT
Since I can’t run until Thursday or Friday, I’ve been enjoying hanging with my family and doing family things. We had a great weekend together and I must admit it was nice not to have to wake up early to get my run in before doing weekend chores.
I was thinking today of my goal. Last March when I made my running goal to qualify for Boston, I honestly didn’t know what I was in for. I thought to myself that I made my half at BQ pace and so it shouldn’t be hard to get in a whole marathon at that pace.
Um – Not!
Knowing what I know now, I have a lot of work to do to make my goal. My pace for my one and only marathon wasn’t great, but I’m fine with it. I finished that race in 4:14 and I have to finish in 3:30 to BQ.
So, as always is the case, TJ has helped me come up with a plan (thank you TJ). I have just under 6 months before the next marathon. I hope to run the Shamrock Marathon in Va. Beach on March 16, 2014. I have to save some money as TJ and I will need to fly there, run and fly back over a long weekend, but at least I can stay with family so I don’t have to pay for a hotel or meals (thanks Jeff).
Right now we are in a planning stage. On the horizon is the Vulcan Run 10K with @BigBigGeek, The Mercedes Half Marathon and various other 5K’s and races to keep us motivated.
Back to my goal.
To be honest I like to put myself on the line for what seems impossible. It helps with motivation and builds character. Also since I put my goal in the name of my blog, I have no choice but to work hard toward it. I don’t say this in a negative way, honestly! I have learned over the past two years that pushing myself in positive ways is immensely important. I have to move forward or I will move backward. So why not push myself in a positive way to achieve something I never thought I could? If I don’t try, I’ll never know what I can accomplish!!!
Stay tuned. The saga continues. 🙂