I’m going to run a marathon.
I think it will be fun.
Now I know many of you may be thinking that marathon and fun should never be in the same sentence because those two just don’t mix. I can’t tell you why I’ve decided to do this. I just know that I got a whisper. A whisper that said, “Go run the Equinox Marathon this fall”. “You can do it”. Which is slightly crazy because I do not believe I have ever, wanted, to run an entire marathon before.
My post last week talked about commitment to flexibility. And I intend to be flexible in my commitment to finishing 26.2 hilly-ass miles. It’s one thing to have a goal in mind you want to accomplish. It is entirely different when the alarm goes off in the morning, its raining, which means it won’t be very warm, you’re tired, you realize you have a 15-mile run to complete, and all you really have the energy for is rolling over to hit the snooze button. The flexibility lies in deciding to get up now, or in 10 minutes. I get to choose.
My big goal is to finish.
Just finish. No specific time-frame. No running across the end with my fists pounding my chest and throwing my arms up in the air Rocky-style. Well, okay, I do have one caveat. I really don’t want to be seen drooling all over myself, delirious, not knowing where I am, staggering across the finish line. Who wants to see that in the paper the next day?
I have also set mini-goals within the big goal of just finishing.
I will be smart about my training plan. I will run at a pace that feels good to my body. I know I have to get a lot of miles in to be ready for that day. I have already decided that if I become injured or cannot train healthy, I’ll stop. No goal is worth my health.
My second mini-goal is to run as much of it as I can. There are many long up and down hills on the course, which can be grueling after so many miles, but by training on said hills I hope to run them. Of course sometimes I can hike up a hill faster than I can run, so we’ll see.
I have one more mini-goal that I’ve discovered is the most important one of all.
It is to have fun.
To enjoy the training journey on the way to that goal.
Some people really like to accomplish big feats because they can say they are the best at something, they are stronger than everyone else, they are number one.
I’m not hard-core.
I don’t care what anyone else thinks.
It’s my marathon and mine alone.
I don’t have a competitive bone in my body.
Well, unless you count one teensy weenie one in my wrist that rears it's bony protuberance head when I’m playing Yahtzee against my boyfriend. :)
I’m going to put a lot of miles on the pavement. A lot of time on my watch. I might as well be having fun out there. I see it as time to solve the worlds problems (I'm gonna try), gain insight with my own issues, look around at the gorgeous green trees, the beautiful colorful flowers, talk with other runners who might be along with me, or listen to music and audios to keep me motivated.
I want to enjoy the journey. Enjoy the ride on the way to the goal.
Does this remind you of life at all? We’ve all made a commitment to spend some time here on planet earth. Some of us know exactly why we’re here. Some of us have no clue. Some don’t even care. Some of us want our life to have meaning.
If I’ve figured out nothing else, what I do know for sure, is that we are meant to enjoy our lives. And that’s got fun written all over it.
If the goals you set in your life aren’t filled with enjoyment as you make progress toward them, then why are you setting them?
If you aren’t enjoying this ride of your life, what’s the point?
I’ve got a goal.
To run a marathon.
I’m doing it because I think it will be fun.
I’m going to make sure it is.
Or I’m not going to do it.
Thank you for spending some of your time with me today. I really do appreciate it and hope you found it helpful.
As always, take from here what works for you, share with your friends if you think they might benefit, and the rest you can leave behind.
P.S. What enjoyable goals are you working on now? Leave a comment below, or email me, firstname.lastname@example.org