"Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson US essayist & poet (1803 - 1882)

Sunday, October 01, 2006

"Look.. if you had.. one shot, or one opportunity To seize everything you ever wanted.. in one moment Would you capture it.. or just let it slip?"


In this third chapter to what motivates me to run. Please let me throw some housekeeping. Ran my 20 mile run yesterday morning. Started around nine-ish, throw the watch away for the day, finished around 12:20 ish.

Stopped a few times for some scheduled water and pee breaks. It was rainy, again, like every other of the last few Saturdays, and a little chilly. So i started with a sweatshirt over my running shirt. i lubed up with body glide, had an apple, a carb bar, some water and headed out.

Let's just say with the wind, rain, and having a short 4 mile training run the night before. i am tired. i am really sore. The rain and having wet sweatshirt must have washed to lube away, as my thighs are raw, and i finally got to experience a shower with a raw, bloody nipple.

i got to say, not a big fan of this experience, the shower. The run though was great. i think a couple weeks of taper and recovery and i am ready to go for chicago.

Kudos to Lisa for her great run as well. First of many marathons?

Let me finish this little extended thought my typing that my motivation for running this first marathon is me.

i want to do for myself
i want to do it to show my children they can do anything they set their minds too
i want to push myself, physically and emotionally, harder than i ever have
i want to live in the moment and take the risk
i wnat to do the homework, follow the plan, and rely on a little faith to help me through rough times
i want to compete with myself and do better than i credit myself
i want to finish and realize that i have done something that most people would never attempt
i want to finish and know that i did my best on that particular day
i want to finish

i'm not sure if this really answers what motivates me.

But i hope this helps understand what influences me

"So here I go it's my shot, feet fail me not
This may be the only opportunity that I got


thanks again for reading


Lisa said...

Um, wow.

Lisa said...

I guess I should elaborate, but I'm not sure how.

Glad you logged your miles. Sorry about the bloody nip. That has to suck big-time. Hope it heals quickly.

Did I miss installment number 2 in your motivation for running? I think perhaps I did.

Mike said...

not really.

i'm just accidently being obtuse.

i guess i was trying to relate historical reference to the significance of Marathon to one of my favorite short stories. Also i was trying to line these things with my current state of mind.

Maybe i completely missed eveything?

So, no, you really din't miss anything on the motivation for running.

Mark said...

Your both nuts!!! I think it's great that you want to do this. I, would never want to run 26 miles. I ran the Mark 5K this morning, and I'm happy about that. Never thought I'd ever want to run 3 miles. My weight's down a little, my chlorestorol's down, I'm happy. Good luck to both of you, I'm sure you'll finish and have whatever time it is you want.
Sorry for my absence, been busy at work. I've decided enough of being busy, it time for "Mark Time".
Nough said.

Arcaner said...

Nice job on the 20 milers. Better to get the bloody nipple out of the way now then have it ruin your finish photo on race day! Get those little circular bandages. They cover the nips perfectly.
Well said on the motivation.

Running Jayhawk said...

That song can motivate the pants off of anyone.

And it's okay not to know what truly motivates you...it'll come to you at some point or another. Until then, put one foot in front of the other and keep on truckin.