I have 2 messages to share around this 26.2 miles I’m running on Sunday morning.
This is the first one:
You can have whatever you choose.
However hard, impossible or out of reach it may seem.
“Do you want it or not?” is really just a cop out question for, “Do you choose it or not?”
Stop shorting yourself through excuses and blaming circumstances, situations or other people.
You have complete control over your life.
You are the captain of your ship.
There is zero room for complaining when you are the one calling all the shots. Your circumstances have zero, zilch, nada effect on your shot-calling.
Sunday morning I’ll wake up at 4:30 and go meet over 2,000 other people running 26.2 miles.
And there will be over 25,000 people showing up in some way. Half marathon runners. 5k runners. Relay race participants. Thousands of volunteers.
That’s a lot of people DOING something.
And you know what? They all chose to.
And you’ll be choosing to do whatever you’re doing on Sunday morning.
And it’s all perfect.
I’m not saying you need to be running or volunteering.
I’m just saying we all make choices.
And we all live into the choices we make.
No questions asked. No room for error. No accidents. No mistakes.
You make the choice.
Then the choice makes you.
And there you are: Living into the choice you have made.
Every single time.
What are you choosing?
It’s easy to look at people who are doing something and think...
“They’re different than me. They are naturally able to ____.”
“They had an advantage. They don’t have to deal with ___.”
“That’s just a show. They can’t really be that ___.”
Okay, I don’t always put on shoes. But you know what I’m saying.
We all wake up HUMAN.
We all wake up in a bit of a fog while our consciousness re-acquaints itself to this reality we find ourselves in.
And whether it’s a fleeting moment, 30 minutes at the start of the day, or you live that way 24/7, we can be in this space of inquiry that actually sounds a lot like...
“Wait. Do I have to? Must I CHOOSE what to do next? Can’t someone else do this for me? Anyone?? Please??”
We all have experienced this.
We all experience this.
And the answer is yes, you must choose.
And no, no one else can do it for you.
There’s nothing wrong with the questioning, by the way.
Just know that the answer is the same every time and the longer you stay in the question, the more of your life you waste and let slip by you.
The answer is always the same.
This is your life. And you must choose how you want it to be.
The choices never stop coming at you, either. It’s relentless...this life, demanding you choose.
For me, the past 4 months have contained the most challenging choices of my life. So many times I Just. Wanted. To. Cave.
And when I say cave, I mean fold. Give up. Throw in that towel. But you know what? That would have been a choice too.
It’s all choice.
There were countless cold, windy, wet 7am long runs I didn’t want to get out of bed for and did anyway.
There were so many times I ran my 3, 5 or 7 miles around the pond in my neighborhood at 9, 10, or 11 at night because I said it was happening “today.”
There were a couple runs there I felt like I was carrying an extra 100 pound weight with me that was my heart, and I took that thing right along with me.
But let me tell you what PRACTICE does...
What TRAINING can do...
What TRYING will open up for you...
The whole freaking world.
You sitting around thinking one day it may all just magically come together and you won’t have to put in the practice. The work. The trying.
Stop lying to yourself.
I did not miss a training run. Not one.
I CHOSE Each. And. Every. One.
As a result...Running 20 miles is a gimme now. Sunday I’ll run 26.2 for the first time and have that full experience with all my fellow bad-asses.
But beyond all of that, my friends, what I’ve really been doing is this...
Exercising my power of CHOICE.
And THAT is making it ALL feel like a gimme.
Line ‘em up.
Look at your options.
You can have whatever you choose.
Tips for Getting Started Running
01 : Start today
02 : Be willing to jog a bit, then walk a bit, if you need to
03 : Be honest w/ yourself about feelings of discomfort vs. sensations of real pain
04 : Find a partner or coach — someone! — you can share your journey with