Outside Comfort Zones Are Now The New Comfort

I am five weeks away from the big day.  So far I have managed to knock out two half marathon distances and even step out into the 16 mile range.  The best thing that has come out of all of this happened today.

Today, for the first time I no longer felt like a person who is just training for a marathon, but rather, I felt like a runner.

I owned my 12 mile run today.  I ran each mile at an eight minute pace and it was amazing to feel my feet just take over.  During the run I kept thinking to myself that this feeling sure was different from when I first started out on this mission in April. That feeling of barely being able to accomplish a four mile run is something far removed from my psyche

My team and I started out on this mission aiming to accomplish two major goals.

The first goal was to demonstrate what it means to really Run The Walk and do more than what is asked.  Many companies are willing to donate towards a great cause, and like them, we wanted to do the same.  But in order to Run The Walk we had to do more, so we made sure that we would not only raise money and awareness, but we would actually sacrifice our time and body towards the cause itself.

The second goal was to demonstrate how hard it might be at first to do something outside of our comfort zone, but with time that task will become second nature.  We wanted to make a point that although we may not be good at the task at first, that should not discourage anyone from going after that task .  The only thing needed is to put in work!

As I said before, today I am no longer a person doing something outside of my comfort zone, because it is now comfortable for me to go for a run.  My biggest task is yet to come, as next week I have a 20 mile run.  I know it is going to be tough, but the support that everyone has given me up now is something that keeps me going strong.  Thank you for supporting and running with me!

If you have not donated but want to help us Run The Walk for a cause, here is the link.  For those who have already donated, we thank you so much! We are almost at $1,000 with our goal being $4,000.  We will get there!  Until next time,

http://www.active.com/donate/2012mmrfNYC/RunTheWalk

Keep Running!!

Elijah

 

My Pain Is Temporary

 

I woke up Sunday morning thinking to myself, I am going to kill this run.  I knew that since I had done the 9 miles last week, that doing 11 was definitely within reach.  I did the first 9 with a solid pace, and just as I had suspected, I slowed down towards the end.  Still, I can say that I owned that 11 for the day.

The true test that day was not the 11 miles, however.  When we returned home from visiting my grandma who had fallen ill, we were caught by surprise.  Our plumbing system was a wreck.  Without going into detail, let’s just say there were things in the front yard and showers that should have been in a sewage pipe.  And that wasn’t the worse part of it, the toilet flooded our living room carpet and dining room as well.  Since it had happened so late into the night, the following day was when we could get people out to check out the damage.  Since it was all sewage water, our house now has to be totally remodeled in the areas that were affected.

Yesterday I was supposed to run 4 miles.  With everything going on I could have easily formed the excuse that I had to get everything handled and the run was just going to have to not happen.  The thought crossed my mind after I had called the demolition crew, the appraiser, and the insurance company.  I was swamped with things that needed to get taken care of, and these were all tasks that were not on my typical to-do list.  I still was required to make sure our newborn was taken care of and drop my other daughter off and pick her up from school.

I also needed to do things for our business and wanted to make sure that I could take care of anything my wife needed, considering she was about to come home to a totally demolished house.

I was so close to chalking it up and letting my excuse win, when it hit me…. People who battle Multiple Myeloma Cancer are not able to take the day off from their suffering.  They can’t call in or use the excuse that they are too overwhelmed to handle it.  Here I was using an excuse to get away from my temporary pain.  We said we were going to train and run a marathon, and to cut corners on that would mean we were not running for the cause at all.

So as I laced my shoes and hit the door, I knew that the 4 miles I was about to put in was going to be over soon.  My pain of seeing the house demolished would pass upon its remodeling.  Our family having to stay in a hotel until the early renovation phases are finished would soon end.  Everything I face that feels difficult in my life right now is all temporary.  My pain is temporary.

To donate towards the cause please go to:  http://www.active.com/donate/2012mmrfNYC/RunTheWalk

We Run Because We Can

Elijah