Stay in the moment for that is where you find
business will be good…you will be strong…life will be balanced
“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.” – John Wooden
Peace on the inside…brings peace on the outside
Discipline, effort, choice…to find balance, self-worth, value
Not a thing measured but a feeling…and a knowing
Haven’t run in 2 weeks…been resting the knee which I tweaked 6 weeks ago at the Oil Creek 100 and then ran 2 more marathons over the next 30 days…yep, crazy idiot stuff which qualifies me for the IRC, Idiot Running Club, (a real club…thinking of joining)… but it was for a fundraiser, $4500, to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and cancer research…worth every mile!
So, the last 2 weeks with no miles…yesterday tried a couple of miles walk/jog…did ok but not great, so maybe another week…but what’s weird is that I feel strangely ok with not running…
- logged nearly 1700 miles to get ready for the races…might have overdone it
- am finally getting out of Marathon Brain – kind of like when you hit the wall but carried over to real life…you can’t do the math, can’t remember where you were going…very embarrasing
- am finally catching up on 6 months of procrastination…more like 8
am eating cookies again…and pizza…and Ketchup! :-)
Found this quote…only logged a couple of 100 mile weeks…but it seemed appropriate:
“If you run 100 miles a week, you can eat anything you want — Why? Because (a) you’ll burn all the calories you consume, (b) you deserve it, and (c) you’ll be injured soon and back on a restricted diet anyway.” –Don Kardong
Working on next year’s training schedule… I think I hear a cheese burger calling my name! :-)
Topic was emotional intelligence and personal accountability…it was looking to be a tough afternoon…and it was…but we pressed on. Had good interaction, a few laughs, a few light bulbs during the exercises…it was good.
There was one that did not say much…the quiet one…but I could tell he was listening…he did the exercises, wrote while others around him laughed off theirs…he wrote carefully…kept it to himself.
Near the end, volunteers around the room shared their takeaways for self-improvement, for change…they were good…lose weight, stop smoking, be kind, help others…all good things, challenging, admirable.
I risked it…asked him to share…he looked down as he spoke…the room went quiet as he courageously admitted many faults….seeing himself being distant, angry, frustrated, impatient, the yelling and screaming, so hard to be home, so much sadness…but owning his behavior, his part in their pain…his plan to be a better man…to let go his anger, be more attentative, be more patient, respectful, bring his family to a better place…all with a deep sincerity you could feel in your heart…
Silence…I looked up…tears all around the room…they hadn’t known…then the applause…for the one.
“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”
– Norman Vincent Peale
1. Don’t Take it Too Seriously: It may be important but if it stresses you out, your performance will suffer…laugh often!
Runners: Leave your Garmin at home on occassion. :-)
2. Ask: Ask for the sale, ask for help…from the heart, for the right reasons! No one really wants to do it alone.
Runners: Run with buddies…to speed you up or slow you down.
3. Stay in the Moment: What you DO right now is all that matters…not yesterday, not tomorrow. Right now.
Runners: Run the mile you are in!
4. Be Generous: If you want something, give something first. Trust that it will come back to you. Givers gain.
Runners: High five fellow runners, congratulate the winner, volunteer.
5. Use Your Time: We all have the same amount of time available to us. You can choose to use it or not. The keyword is “USE.”
Runners: Go run!
6. Reflect: Take some time to slow down, look around, breathe. Find some quiet time. You may see something new in that mirror.
Runners: On occasion, stop and enjoy the view, the quiet, the moment.
7. Feed the Fire Within: …to live with joy and passion but make choices with your head.
Runners: Do what you love whether fast or slow, short or long, but listen to your body.
8. Find Balance: Work, family, faith, health…the tree that leans too far will fall.
Runners: Mix it up, cross train, rest!
9. Find the Positive: In winning and in losing. In Everything.
Runners: It hurts but it’s a good hurt!
10. Face your fear: That which we are most afraid of is exactly the thing we need to go after.
Runners: Sign up for that race already!
11. Choose…to be successful, to be happy, to be you…then ACT on it.
Runners: Run Steady, Run Strong!