Friday, May 6, 2011

I think I can...

"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start."
-John Bingham, running speaker and writer

Ever feel like this? I think I can. I'm not sure if I can. I want to, but don't know if I should. What will happen if I do?

With just over a week to go until the Sugarloaf Marathon I find myself feeling a little like this these days. I'm not sure if it's the weather (rain, rain and more rain) or anxiety related to an on again off again leg issue, but it's something. And that something never goes away for me. No matter how many miles I run. No matter how many finish lines I cross. I always end up wondering if I can actually do what I've set out to do.

Typically I focus on seemingly inconsequential things to get me through it like wardrobe and race day/weekend logistics (including how I can possibly include a stop at the outlets). Distractions. Distractions are good. I welcome any and all distractions.

This time it's no different and it's no different from my life in general really. I tend to underestimate my abilities, but never stop having excruciatingly high expectations of myself. I want to do everything I do well. 

So, why in the world would I run ~ run a marathon no less? Because I can I guess. And I really do believe that if I can do it anyone can do it. Not that everyone should or that everyone wants to even. 

Unless some miracle happens, I'll always be a middle to the back of the pack runner. That works for me though. I realize I don't have to be the best. I only have to give my best. And if I get to the starting line, I know I'll finish. I just remind myself of a quote I read (on a restaurant wall of all places) while I'm running ~ The only way out is through. The only way out is through.

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