Monday, September 02, 2013
I have a big secret. I almost don't want my SparkFriends to know it, but it's what I intend to write about today.
My secret is: I am an average athlete. Not a super senior citizen athlete. Just average. Look up my stats. Average.
I so appreciate the support I get here, and I love my family, too, whose support is unbounded. They, and maybe you, love to brag about about Dad, Grandpa, "my brother-in-law", whatever relation I bear to them, did today or yesterday. They tell everyone who will listen what a great athlete I am for my age.
I received so much attention during my last trail run - that I had done the strength challenge immediately following a gruesome, water laden, muddy rutted, slip and slide course. On Spark People and on the course, wonderful comments. And that's one reason I race. I love the attention.
But, in honesty, despite all the nice things that have been said, I am not great, just fair. And that is good enough for me. Because I've found out it isn't necessary to be great. Fair or average is fine. It's wonderful, even. Being a fair or average athlete is so much better than being, as we love to say, the guy sitting on the couch.
So, I am not a great athlete. But, what I am is, a great trier. I try hard. I have tenacity. I just refuse to quit on myself. I'm not even saying I am a top-notch trier. I am just tenacious enough that I finish my exercises, races or whatever I've promised myself that I will do.
That's my secret weapon. Try, just try, and once you do, do not give up. It would take a pretty serious injury to make me quit. But, you don't have to be as extreme as I am on not quitting. You will still excel and do greater things than you ever imagined if you take that first step by 'trying'. Don't feel self conscious, just do it. When you fail, and you will think you have, try again. Every day, every minute, every second can be a new beginning for you. You just have to dust yourself off, and try again. You will feel like an athlete, every time you start anew, because you know you're not a quitter. You are much stronger than you believe you are. You won't know that until you try, however.
Maybe you don't want to sweat in public. Or look so exhausted, revealing your perceived weakness. The goofy, to some, looking shoes, shorts and water belts. I know how bad I sometimes look - sometimes limping, losing form, stopping to massage cramps, and walking while others run right past me. I felt this way during my last race. It was hot and humid and it got to me. I started to have negative thoughts, but I refused to let them take hold. I ran faster, even though it hurt to do so. Perhaps that was not a wise thing to do, but it worked for me. I don't recommend this kind of thinking to you, but I do recommend you don't give up. Find a way to continue, whatever works for you.
Well, this is what I've been thinking about this morning. Just thought I'd share my thoughts with you. Thanks, Spark Friends, for your constant support.
Have a great day.