I grew up during the Star Wars era and it is my favorite movie of all time, I have seen it so many times I know the words before they are even spoken, so you could say I'm a Star Wars fanatic, a Jedi-Master "wanna-be", yep, certifiable true Star Wars geek.
Yoda is one of my favorite characters (besides the hunky Han Solo, lol), so it's only fitting to point out a few lessons I've learned along the way with my Jedi training, ooops, I mean marathon training.
1. "A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind"
I knew running a marathon would take commitment, but I had no idea how much time this training would consume. 18 weeks of commitment, running 4 days per week, 6-10 hours per week. Staying upbeat and totally motivated is a commitment all by itself. Life has been put on hold for the past 18 weeks, I would like to thank those who have shown me patience and understanding as I have worked on this personal goal - you rock and you didn't even sign up for a marathon, lol.
2. "Pass on what you have learned "
I have tried to pass on to others all the valuable lesson's I've learned along the way, i.e. fueling, hydration, running shoe issues, things that have worked/things that didn't work and mistakes I've made along the way. I appreciate all that I have learned from other runners.
3. Luke says to Yoda... "I don't believe it" and Yoda says... "that is why you fail"
I can't run a marathon is what I originally thought, but over the past 18 weeks I have learned that I can do anything I set my mind to do. Who woulda thought I could do 18-20 mile long runs? surely not me, but I'm a believer now. This has been a spiritual journey as well as a physical one. Failure is NOT an option.
4. " Do, or Do not, there is no try"
Some days I had to drag myself out of the house for a run, I just plain ole didn't feel like doing it, too tired, other things to do. A 10-miler on the schedule on a weekday, oh great....I can't do 10 tonight to many other things to do, I just don't have time, blah, blah, blah. Well guess what? Do or Do Not, and I did, and I am so glad I did. I just had to keep repeating to myself my personal mantra..."I can quit when I'm done, not when I'm tired"
5. "Already know you that which you need"
Am I ready for the big day? Well yes I am. I feel confident in all the things I have learned, all the training, the good runs and the bad runs.
So does all this mean that I am truly a Jedi Master now??
Yoda.... "You must confront Vader, and then, only then a Jedi will you be"
I must confront VADER (26.2 miles).
Am I nervous to confront Vader? yes a few butterflies maybe
Am I prepared? Yep, armed with GU, water, headphones and my running shoes and a positive "can-do, must-do and will-do" attitude (I have to leave the light saber at home, no room in the fanny pack)
Will I cross that finish line? Absolutely
I am ready to confront Vader. 3 more days and I will be a Jedi Master.
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