Sunday, July 26, 2009

just a run... for me!

This weekend was intended and still is intended on having some time to get things organized as I come to the 30 days!.. Knowing that I did 100 miles last Sunday, and did great with my swim workouts of the week.. this weekend I wanted to break in my new running shoes and try running with no pain in the ol foot.... and I have been home now.. for eh..3 hours and I still click around on here, reading tons of word of wisdom from other racers, and other people that I admire and hope to see on race day, to very intimidating fast friends that might have time to touch the Eifel tower and back after their race at IMKY before I even get out on the run..

I just finished reading the rules and regulations of the USAT, and if they so choose to, I will be getting a time penalty of 6 minutes because of my bike speakers... that is okay, as long as it is just once.. I love them :) and they are over the top the best thing I have ever bought...

Went to the Dayton Celtic Festival last night and got a new great addition of tunes :) I was dancing in my seat with excitement.. now if I could learn how to jig..

I need to oder some Fluid, and really head out on this run before attacking my room.. but right as I am about get up, I read this article:

Running Motivation
The importance of choosing a path that's right for you.By John Bingham
Image by Kim Rosen
From the July 2009 issue of Runner's World
There's a quote by William Purkey, a well-known professor of education, that goes, "Dance like no one is watching, love like you'll never be hurt, sing like no one is listening, and live like it's heaven on earth." It seems like the perfect life philosophy—and one I've learned to apply to running over the years. I run like no one is watching, even when I'm racing with 35,000 people. I'm usually having so much fun, I simply don't care what anyone else thinks.But I didn't always feel this way. In my early days, when I weighed 240 pounds, I ran like everyone was watching—and judging. If I was on a run and saw a car approaching, I'd stop and pretend I was looking for something I'd lost. I was so concerned with what other people thought of me that by the time I did open up about running, I constantly worried whether I was living up to their expectations. My first coach put me on a
treadmill, dialed up the pace to 9:20 per mile, and said to run for 40 minutes. I tried and, not surprisingly, failed. I couldn't help but be disappointed in myself—even though I knew what he was asking was nearly impossible for me.I even dressed like people were watching. I bought the high-tech gear and sleek clothes that I thought would make people believe I was a runner—even if I felt like an imposter in them. And I didn't have a clue if the expensive shoes I was wearing were the right kind for me—I just wanted to look like I fit in with this group.To be honest, I felt a certain satisfaction in believing that someone was watching. I really thought that other people cared about my performance. The best example of this was a combined, two-lap marathon and half in Florence, Italy. As I neared the finish line, the crowd began to cheer. I was astounded. Here I was, thousands of miles from home, and the Italians were yelling for "Il Penguino." About 20 yards from the finish, the truth set in when the winner of the full marathon went past me as I was finishing the half-marathon. No one was cheering for me. No one probably even noticed that I was finishing. I couldn't help but smile at my own illusion of self-importance.That's when I realized I had been running for every reason except the right one. I ran to make other people happy, ran to live up to their expectations. But that didn't matter. No one was watching—no one cared. So I decided I was going to run for me—just me—and gained a new enjoyment from the sport I hadn't truly experienced yet. That doesn't mean I don't want to improve or sometimes wish I could run faster. It just means that the joy I feel when I'm moving my body with my own two feet is so great that the act alone is satisfying enough. I've learned to run like no one is watching.So if you see me at a race, and I look like a 60-year-old guy waddling along, don't worry. I'm fine. I'm better than fine. I'm happy. You see, I remember those words that first appeared here 13 years ago: "The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start." Waddle on, friends.
and now, I am back to reality... getting ready to run or waddle tonight .. for me, because during that race.. it will be me.. no one else to get me across that line..


Mary Sunshine said...

I love John Bingham. Met him before my first marathon and a couple times since, Ever seen the penguin on the back of my van, yup.

Hmm. I don't know it Ironman is governed by USAT... are you sure it is?