And another post where I probably over share
Lately I have been really thinking a lot about how to become the person that I want to be.
It happens when it isn’t convenient.
It is easy to be kind to people when life is easy and going perfectly. It is really easy to be happy when you are in Disneyland and you have a churro in one hand and a frozen lemonade in the other. Cheerfulness comes naturally when our world is just the way we want it to be. Our smiles are big when we get that job we want, when we run that pr race or have the ‘perfect’ family
we really show who we are and how strong we are when it isn’t convenient.
Our true character doesn’t shine when everything is just great, grand and wonderful. Who we really are comes out when the going gets tough.
This is something that I have been thinking about a lot over the last 5 months (not good at this principle yet but I am really really really working on it).
My overall goals during my divorce (not the most convenient time of my life;) have been to attempt:
To be kind to others when my day was not going the way that I was hoping it would.
To reach out to others and lift them when I need to be lifted myrself.
To be grateful for everything I have when complaining is a lot easier to do.
To be the best mom for Brooke when being a single mom and providing for my little girl can be stressful.
Like everything in life I have found a way to relate this to running.
If you really want to reach your goals as far as running goes you have to do it when it isn’t convenient.
Sure it is easy to run those first few miles of a race at a fast pace because our legs are fresh from the taper. It is easy to go for a run when it fits into our schedule perfectly and the weather is beautiful.
What do we do when the going gets tough?
Do we endure?
We prove what we are made of when we are busy and don’t have nearly enough time to train everyday. It is when we are half-way through a race and start wishing we were at the finish line when we really show what we are made of. It is when staying in bed would be so much easier and warmer than hitting the pavement.
It is when the temperatures are extreme and our legs are tired from a previous workout that we show our strength and become the runner that we want to be.
It’s not always going to be convenient to get out the door for your run or to spend a few hours of your Saturday doing that long run but if running a certain race at a certain pace is your goal then you will train even when it isn’t convenient.
It is when we do ‘it’ (*whatever your it may be right now) when it isn’t convenient that our efforts really pay off.
And on an extremely random note, I really want one of these:
What are you running goals for 2014?!?!