3 Weeks Till The Big Day

Over The Hump With Training

Yesterday I finished my last LONG run (20 miles!)  in preparation for the NYC Marathon on November 4. It was hard, but nothing like fighting cancer.   By mile 15 my joints hurt and all I could think about was the pain that these patients must be in at all times throughout the day.  I can’t believe in 3 weeks I will be running 26.2 through the streets of NYC!

I really feel blessed to get the opportunity to be running as a charity runner for  the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF).   I am running for the MMRF because they are recognized as a  leader in cancer research and budget 90% of every dollar raised to research.  In fact the MMRF is rated in the top 1% of all non-profits by Charity Navigator!

The team and I have made a commitment to raise a minimum of $4000 for the MMRF. We have managed to raise $1080 so far, and with only 3 weeks left we know we have a ways to go, but don’t doubt for a second that we will get there.  Thank you to everyone who has already donated, and for those who would still like to donate,  we would appreciate your support with a tax deductible donation.

You can support me here:  http://www.active.com/donate/2012mmrfNYC/RunTheWalk  Donations of any size are appreciated!

Until next time,

Keep Running

Elijah

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.

ME 1, DEFEAT 0.

KEEP RUNNING

The P’s To Success

Success: The achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted

When making choices in life one tends to look for what will bring the most success.  When the public eye witnesses someone’s success, the assumption is often made that the success occurred over night, not realizing that the accomplishment was harder to attain than it looked.  I believe that a person needs a roadmap to success . . . the following p’s can guide you down that road.

Prayer:  Praying is important.  It allows a time for reflection and appreciation for the things that have already been received.  It also allows for the seeds to be planted, and a thankful spirit opens many doors in the world.  Religion plays a key role on the journey to success.  Denomination does not matter, what matters is your faith.  Faith is universal.

Persevere:  Success in life neither happens quickly, nor easily.  Those who succeed have had plenty of times in their lives in which they were presented situations which tested their ability to push through and overcome.  Without perseverance a person is liable to quit at the first sign of trouble.

Plan:  Without a proper agenda at hand a thought is simply that, just a thought.  If there is no plan to follow through on the idea or thought, action is never taken, thus allowing for a perfectly good seed to never be planted.

Power: The ability to own oneself allows for power from within.  If you are able to control yourself and the actions you take, you will truly be empowered to accomplish your goals.

Purpose:  Everyone has a purpose in life.  When a person discovers that purpose, it opens a gate of unstoppable force.  The abilities are endless and the answer is never no!

Priority:  Learning to structure one’s life and setting the proper values on everything is key.  Not having a good knowledge of what is really important can lead to a downfall or to never getting off the ground in the first place. A lack of values creates a cloudiness of mind and spirit and hinders all ability to see the big picture.

Proportion:  It is not necessarily what you do that hurts, it is the amount in which it is done.  Too much of anything is not good.  Recognizing the downside of excess and partaking wisely in life’s temptations builds a will power and results in self-discipline.

Positive:  Attitude is crucial.  So many times people make a mountain out of an ant hill, never giving themselves the opportunity to see beyond a temporary difficulty or setback.  Positive thinking allows solutions to be processed and can make a mountain look like a fun hike.

Passionate:  Without passion in life there is nothing there to drive a person.   A love for a specific goal enables someone to look past tough obstacles and handle adversity on the way to becoming successful.

Patience:  Nothing happens overnight. It takes time for a plan to fully blossom.  Exercising patience is not easy; however, waiting enables the planted seeds to sprout, the potential opportunities to occur.

Perception: Things happen on an everyday basis that can change your life.  It is not the wind that changes our direction, but rather the way we set sail.  How we see the situation is what determines our decisions on what to do next.

Rocky Mountain Hoops Showcase

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvNrJQAUGIQ

70 Players came from all over the state of NM and west TX to showcase their skills in the RM Hoops event. College coaches from all over were able to stream live thanks to Proview Networks. The Event was a success, as all the players left it out on the court. At the end of the day they could say they did Run The Walk.

What is Run The Walk?

Which person are you?

If you want to live a dream you have to go after it!  Everyone wants the prize and the glory, but too many fall short of what it takes to accomplish that!  Those that talk about what they are going to do next have a vision, and some of those visions are the best ideas.  Then there are those out there who not only talk about it, but they are all about it.  Those are the walkers.  They have been known throughout time to get it done!

There has been a shift in the way society does things now.  Now, with the way technology is, our society has access to any country with simple Internet connection; answers to questions about anything with a quick Google search; anyone can create a buzz with all the social media out there.

In order to accomplish today what the walker accomplished yesterday we have to run!  To walk now is to wake up daily, get ready for the job you only do because it pays the bills, and go to work, anticipating 5pm to get there so you can get home and do what you really want to do.

Those that Run The Walk do things a little different.  This person wakes up daily, studies for the knowledge they need to get the job they want, then gets ready for the job they only do because it pays the bills, goes to work, while at work anticipates lunch so they can work on what they want to do as a career, then anticipates 5pm so they can get home to work on whatever is needed to help them achieve their dream.  The Runner understands that where they are at now is only temporary and their dream, with hard work, is right around the corner.

You have to get “out of the box” in order to Run The Walk.  To live in the box means you are only doing what is asked.  Lets say there are two players with the same kind of talent.  The first player is the “in the box” thinker, and is going to do what the coach asks.   The second player is the “out of the box” thinker, and is going to do what the coach asks, and on top of that do things on their own to enhance what it is the coach wants from them.

For example: the first player goes to every practice and does everything the coach asks him to do.  He is always at every function outside of practice that the team is suppose to be at, and he even on occasion stays after practice to get extra shots up.  This player is doing what he is asked to do.  He is in the box.

The Second player goes to every practice and does everything that the coach asks her to do.  She is always at every function outside of practice that the team is suppose to be at, but she also finds time to come to practice early for extra conditioning and stays after practice everyday to work on her weaknesses.  She makes it a point to finish first in every drill and makes it an effort to encourage her teammates during the practice.  This player understands that although coach asked her to do certain things, there is need for extra work in order to be successful.  She is out of the box.

Run The Walk is a simple concept, but the process of Running the walk is not simple.  Day in and day out to run the walk means you have to get the most out of life.  Maybe it means waking up earlier for practices, or staying up later after a game to make sure you get all your homework done.  It may mean helping others out even though you are strapped for time, or bringing light on a situation that seems to be dark as night.

So I ask again, which person are you?  Do you have what it takes?  Can you stop talking and walking, and start Running?

It’s better to run your life, than to walk to someone else’s beat.

Run The Walk