9 Mile Run Past Defeat

Overcome That Thought

I definitely stepped outside my comfort zone yesterday.  I have been training now for a marathon for what seems forever, never really making it too public until now.  The main reason for that is simple.  How many people do we know who are always saying they are about to do something and then nothing ever manifests?  It was important to me to make sure I had put the necessary time in towards this huge event before I went around telling people what I was going to do.  I figure 5 months is more than enough time.

I have been seeing changes in my body that just come with the territory, or so I have been told.  My feet look like something out of a horror story.  From blisters to nails blackening, they are not the prettiest things to look at.  It is better for me now though, because those who know me can attest that my feet were always interesting, to say the least. :)

My usual runs consist of anywhere from four to six miles.  That was before today.  Yesterday I set out to conquer nine!  Honestly, the first six were easy, which would be understandable considering my body was used to it.  It knew how to take that distance.  The last 2 miles I found myself in a battle with my mind.

My thoughts became slow and sluggish, and I was constantly hearing this voice telling me to stop.  It was in that moment that I felt the wrath of Defeat.  Defeat is in us all.  It lives with us and waits for the time when it can creep in and take over.  I have heard this voice before and have submitted to it.  Like the time that I played ball in college and submitted to going out all the time instead of working on my dream.  There was that voice of Defeat telling me it was not going to happen anyway, so why bother.  I listened to it then, but not yesterday.

Yesterday I told defeat exactly where it could go.  I battled the last 2 miles and wound up running 9.3 miles.  I did more than I was supposed to do.  Why?  Because I wanted to prove to myself that defeat was not going to get the best of me – that my mind was strong enough to allow my body to do what it is capable of doing – to be among the elite in that moment and step into a category that tells Defeat that I am not going to quit.

The next time I run 9 miles it will not be as hard because I will know I have already done it.  I know I am going to be faced with other struggles in the weeks to come, and I am not saying that I am going to have any easier time of it in the future with the voice we call Defeat.  What I am certain of though is the way I handled defeat today, and as they say in sports, you take it one game at a time.



Time Runs Regardless

How bad do you want it?

It is never easy to wake up.  It seems like everyday we are faced with that alarm clock ruining our happy moment in bed where the warmth rules and the dreams are alive and vivid.

Playing basketball my whole life made me wake up early.  I was only 13 when I had my first taste of waking up every morning at 4:45am to make practice by 5:30am.  It didn’t stop there.  All the way into college there were the morning pre season workouts that nobody enjoyed getting out bed for.  The problem that I always had was being able to embrace the moment of waking up.  I always hated that moment the clock rang.  To this day I can not stand the sound of alarm clocks.  Anytime I hear an alarm a sense of pain rips through my body as if I am reliving the moment of waking up all over again.

Eric Thomas, a motivation speaker from Detroit MI, said once in his speech, “When you want it as bad as you can breathe… then you will be successful” (Click hear for the full speach).  If we want it bad enough, and can shift our concept of waking up, we will not need the alarm to get up out of bed.  To run the walk, it is essential to wrap our heads around this concept.

Have you ever noticed that there are days when you can wake up with no problem?  Say for example you have a fun day planned with friends you haven’t seen, or you are going to take a fun vacation.  These moments are easier to wake up for than Monday morning for work.

It is not what we do but how we do it, and it is not what happens but how we perceive it.  Our next topic is going to be on Perception, which is one of the P’s to success.  In order to Run for a long period of time you have to first learn how to.

Until we see each other again,