Sep 30, 2018
If I don’t hurry up and post a blog, I won’t have a September post! I am still trying to get my blog mojo back, and I am determined to find it and get back to blogging on a regular basis.
My goal for this year was to blog more about life and the whole movement of being “real”, “authentic” and “intentional”. This was mainly because I was hearing these words thrown around, yet rarely feeling like I was being shown much realness, authenticity or intentionality. I think some of this is needed in our world today, but not in a way that is too much. We get enough of the oversharing. When someone overshares, the authenticity and realness are lost to drama, whining and complaining. I, for one, do not want to hear any more of that. I do, however, enjoy hearing people’s stories, when they are told in an honest, real, authentic fashion that is not competing with someone else’s story. As I tell my daughters, “just be you”. When we are ourselves, our uniqueness shines through.
In the spirit of being real, authentic and intentional, I will share with you my latest challenge and why. For the past 14 years, I have been running (walking, running, moving forward). In 2004, I went from 0 to 26.2 miles and thought I would never run again. I was tired and I didn’t really enjoy the process. It was difficult, time consuming, a commitment. Then, something unexpected and strange happened. I missed it. I missed the time, the hard work, the commitment. I missed the benefits. So, I started training for another marathon and I have been running ever since.
I have completed 7 marathons since then and am about to do my 8th in November. I have also added a new challenge, to light a fire under me. I have decided to train for my first ultra. There it is. My next challenge. It is staring me in the face and getting me out there, when I would rather be doing something else. The challenge is useful, in that way. It gives me strength and motivation to say no to some things, like what I choose to eat, drink, miles I know I need to do and stretching/yoga that is essential. Without a goal, a challenge, it would be too easy to not do anything, to put off training, to not work as hard, and, in the end, to quit.
Why an ultra? Because it is something different and it is bigger. It is a new challenge. It is unfamiliar, so it is a bit more intimidating than a marathon and adds some pressure to train, that I need right now. The unknown is useful, in that way, as is a big, honking, stare-you-down type goal. These types of challenges/goals get you up and moving, motivated to do what must be done and scared enough not to delay or miss it altogether. For me, the way I see it is, if I’m training for the long distance, anyway, I might as well add a few more miles, mix up the terrain and strategy a bit, and go for it! It’s just enough bigger and scarier to push me. That is what I need right now – a push.
Do you need a goal, a challenge to get moving? Maybe you have something you want to do, but you just haven’t done it yet. Find a challenge that will motivate you to work on it and, eventually, accomplish it. What it will do for you to do the hard work, make the commitment and achieve the desired result will amaze you. It will spill over into other areas of your life and help you to be your best.
Get up, get moving and get happy,