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So after taking a week off from running, the alarm went off at 4:30AM this morning, telling me it was time to run again. Time to dust off the shoes, slip on the shorts, put in some miles.
Honestly, I’ve had to force myself NOT to run since Boston. It hasn’t been easy, but I think my body (and my mind and spirit for that matter) needed the time off.
Still, when the alarm went off this morning, a part of me just wanted to roll over and go back to sleep. I had gotten used to not waking up so early just to pound out some miles. As I’ve said many times, I am NOT a morning person. I really am not.
But then I thought of a picture I saw (above) on someone’s dailymile page. That was me, all winter. Waking up between 4AM and 4:30AM, running between 5 to 20 miles. And as much as I am not a morning person, I loved the feeling I would have for the rest of the day when I’d managed to drench myself in sweat before most people were waking up.
Now that school vacation is over, the days are going to get busy again – which made me think of this:
If I’m going to be good, I have to work around the busy-ness.
And it’s not about the competition with others…it’s about the competition within.
It’s about the desire to do better, last longer, run faster.
I leave you with a quote from a comment my friend M left me:
DISAPPOINTMENT IS THE HIGH WATER MARK OF EXPECTATION.