Month: July 2014

Morning Madness

Recently I had what could be titled “One Of Those Mornings, the runner version.” Here are the highlights …

– Got to bed later than I wanted the night before, so set the alarm for 5:00am instead of 4:30.

– Spilled sport drink powder all over the kitchen counter.

– Shoe malfunction. Insole slid off center somehow, causing a blister situation waiting to happen. Spent too long trying to fix it.

– Finally got out the door. Garmin simply would not find satellites. Eventually turned the GPS off and on again. When in doubt, reboot. That did it.

– Forgot to put the special surgical tape over my nipples. (Yes, we can talk about such things on this blog. It’s a runner thing.) My body reminded me (ouch) so I circled back home for a pit stop.

– AND … I had a really stupid song stuck between my ears. I won’t tell you what it was lest I pass the plague along.

For a few seconds the voice in my head pondered whether all this was some cosmic message telling me to cut the run short, rather than doing the entire 12 miles I had planned. I quickly identified where that voice was coming from and told it to sniff my sweaty shorts. Then, just to show it who’s boss, I did 14 instead.

Actually, it was a great way to start the day.

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Thoughts On The Run

Here are some thoughts that have popped into my head while I’m out on the streets. It’s easy to see how they relate to life, business, relationships, etc. That’s one of the many great things about running.

  • The pain of the effort is forgotten when the euphoria of accomplishing the goal kicks in.
  • If you just keep taking steps, you’ll get to your destination and your past gets further behind you.
  • It’s a lot easier when you’re with somebody than when you’re alone.
  • Ran my normal route, but in reverse. Lesson = A simple change can makes things seem easier. Churchill said “A change is as good as a rest.”
  • Realistic expectations & accomplishing the goal. That’s what it’s all about.
  • Thinking about how hard it might be is much worse than actually getting up and doing it.
  • You have to keep the finish line in mind. Once you can see it, you’re home free.
  • Small, regular improvements add up to significant long-range improvements.
  • A challenge can help you find energy you didn’t know you had. (In this case a dog that was not on a leash.)
  • There are always people more and less accomplished in any given endeavor. It is best to focus on strengths and not be discouraged or prideful.
  • Endurance is the result of endurance.

That’s it for now. I’m sure there will be more in the future.