I had a 10K race this morning; a race that almost did not happen, for me anyway. I had a million excuses running through my head. My race partner (my daughter) has the flu, my back has been hurting for about a week, in the past two weeks I have only run four times and one of those was a race I did two weeks ago. These are just a few of the things I was trying to use as excuses.
The excuses did not win and I did finish the race. Here is what got me out there today.
At 5:45 am my alarm started buzzing; I hit the snooze alarm and laid there running all of the excuses through my head. I thought to myself, “well I am just going to get up and at least start the coffee”. I got up, turned on the coffee maker and put on a pot of water for my oatmeal; I knew at that point I was at least considering the race.
As I was getting out my mug and bowl, etc and waiting for the water I looked up and on top of the fridge I saw my Runner Box (you can Google that later if you do not know what it is). I reached up and took it down to see what was left inside. I pulled out a few things and gathered some paperwork still in there to throw it away when I noticed writing on the lid and on the lid was a quote – “The task ahead of you is never greater than the strength within you.”
And there it was; my decision. How could I not run now? My inner strength and desire to run was much stronger than any excuse I could put in front of myself. I ate my oatmeal, had my half a cup of coffee, drank some water and took my vitamin. Geared up; you know when you tie your shoelaces that is THE moment it all starts to feel absolutely right. And off I went to my race.
It was a good race and afterwards I rewarded myself with an awesome meal –
Tomorrow I will share some of my race “moments”; funny what the mind thinks about when you are running.
And to end I would like to say that today is the 1-year + 1-week anniversary of my last cigarette!