Bad before the Good
Monday, April 22, 2013
The weather looks terrible today: cloudy, rainy, just overall gloomy, but it's absolutely beautiful outside. It's about 60 degrees and there is a light rain that comes and goes. I was of course using it as an excuse not to run, but I didn't run all weekend, so I knew I had to get out there. I'm so glad that I did!
While running I listened to a podcast to switch things up a little bit. It was "Bigger Better Stronger Faster" and the episode is "The Importance of Sucking". It was not only upbeat and kept me moving but had a great message that transcended to my entire life: you have to be bad at something before you can be really good, but in order to get good, you need to get started!
It made me think about my whole journey to get to where I am now with my running, health and attitude. I sucked for a long time at being healthy, my attitude was negative, and tomorrow was when I was going to start running. I want to run a 2:00 half marathon and I know that it's going to take some major time management to continue my training over the next couple of weeks, but if I want to get it done I need to keep going. It's going to suck at times but in the end I'm going to shine. I might fall short of my goal but at least I know that I will have given it my all, and you know what it will just be another lesson in "The Importance of Sucking" because I'll work even harder to get to my goal at the next race!
While the podcast was great, the best part of running today were the people who drove by and waved/laughed at me while I was out running. I don't mean laugh in a mean way, more of a "I don't understand you #1 for running #2 for running in the rain" type laugh. I live in a rural area, and our road is one of the main paved roads around. I meet the same traffic out on my regular runs. I always wave and smile, just to make them wonder what I'm thinking. Today, I'm pretty sure they thought I was crazy running in the rain, with a goofy grin on my face--little did they know it was pure bliss! :)
Well, I better get into the shower. I have a nice mix of sweat, rain, and dirt going on right now!