Monday, July 18, 2011
I turned on the TV yesterday afternoon as I was getting ready to clean the living room (this hot weather is doing a number on my 2 dogs and their shedding!!) On NBC they had on a program about the 2010 Ironman competition. I kept it on because I saw someone running and they were talking about her being a stay at home mom to 4 kids. The more I watched and heard the stories behind many of the runners (the ones they referred to as the 'commons' or the everyday Joe Schmoes not hardcore competitors) the more inspired I was getting. I had tears in my eyes as I watched a man who was badly injured in the biking portion try and need to walk the entire marathon part in immense pain. Or when the woman who earlier gotten a hairline fracture in her foot and did the entire competition in one of those big black medical boots. Or the elderly man who ate baked potatoes during the running section who has participated for several years just to gauge his health. All of those people finished the race, some with only seconds until the cut-off time at midnight. They were all in pain, hot, sunburned, etc. but all crossed the finish line with smiles, cries, joy that no one else could ever imagine. I can't believe how moved I was watching this and how inspired I felt.
If those people can do a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike and run a marathon (26.2 miles), anything is possible for me! So I am stuck...again...in my weight loss efforts and realizing that I am the only one holding myself back because of this or that. I don't have a broken foot or cancer (many of the Ironman participants are cancer survivors/fighters) or anything really. My knee hurts sometimes and so do my hips but I am strong and healthy and, well, lazy.
Now I am not ready to sign up for an Ironman competition, I don't even have the desire to ever even think about doing one (hell, I've only run in one 5K!) but in the overall scheme of things, I SHOULD be doing more because I CAN. Nothing is holding me back and as long as my body cooperates, I should be challenging it and myself (my mind).
I will because I CAN and even if I ever can't, I will still keep going.