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The Chicken & the Pig

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed.

~ Martina Navratilova

I guess I am still a chicken.

So up to this point I have been talking, thinking, and writing about my grand goal of the Tinker Bell half marathon. It seemed so far away last February, just slightly less than a year. As the weeks and months ticked along, I still rationalized that there was plenty of time to get serious about running. My dedication level was at about 50% of what it should be. I made plans to run, but heck, if I overslept then there is always another day. January 2012 was still far ahead in the distance. Since I had not yet registered for the race, I still had a “safety net” in the back of my mind.

The safety net has been cut.

Honey and I took the plunge and registered for the race. Talk about jumping in with both feet. It is scary even now as I type this. The fees are non-refundable, and not cheap either. I think – hope – that putting something tangible on the line will cement this in my head. Before I had “planned” to run this marathon. Now, I HAVE TO run it. We have committed our time and resources, so we have to follow through. I will make it those 13.1 miles even if I have to limp along. The thing I am still searching for is the drive to succeed. I need to learn how to get running “under my skin” so that it becomes more important than the snooze button. Hopefully as I get stronger at it, it will transform from a dreaded challenge to that “runner’s high” experience so many runners rave about. I like running (especially trails.) I want to love running. Eventually I will love running, bit how I get from here to there is my issue. How do I become the pig?

I am sure in the end, all the challenges will fade away to be replaced by a feeling of achievement. The key now is to eliminate excuses and focus on the finish line.

That…and the bling.

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    Diane, you can do this! One step at a time, one day at a time. Don't focus so much on the Finish Line, yet. Concentrate on getting to the Starting Line!
    1890 days ago
    what sort of bling...

    I wish I had read your blogs before asking you all those questions today, I suppose I could go delete them.

    nah, maybe someone else thought of the same questions

    Very cool that your 'honey' also is in this with you. I think that is awesome!

    1890 days ago
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