I just posted this on my personal Facebook page, and after re-reading it, I think it will work beautifully as my one simple, small thing today. Enjoy, friends! To help with some background context, I have my second half marathon on Sunday in Johnson City, TN.
I was looking for some motivation for this weekend. This is absolutely it.
I really don’t “enjoy” running. I’m overweight, and that makes it hard to breathe, not to mention the pain it causes to my joints and muscles. So, at least in part, I run because I am a masochist (or so I’m learning). But mostly I run because it keeps the persevering part of my spirit tuned.
At one point in life I had to stay vigilant just to make it through each day. Looking back on that part of my life is both heartbreaking for all the obstacles I had to overcome and inspirational because I totally did it; I persevered. My life is not like that anymore, thankfully; but that doesn’t mean I can waffle about listlessly. Even if tigers aren’t chasing me (as Judson says), I still need something pushing me so I don’t stagnate. Running does that.
My goal on Sunday is to improve my pace by 90 seconds in comparison with my first half marathon. 90 seconds seems like nothing to most of you, even to the runners. But 90 seconds per mile stretched out over 13.1 miles is almost 20 minutes, and that is really something. So even if it’s one step at a time, 90 seconds per mile at a time, I am pushing myself to persevere. Running has taught me that.