Friday, August 28, 2015

Waiting For The Other Shoe To Drop

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.-- Thomas Edison

I have 3 days left. I am 28 miles away from my goal. Is it doable? Of course it is. Can I still do it? That is the real question. A couple days ago or a couple weeks ago I spoke about what it means to set goals publicly. That was what I did. I told anyone who would listen that I wanted to run 150 miles in the month of August. I kept everyone updated on my status and now it's crunch time. The "world" is watching. It will be known if I could be successful or not. Success is measured by the parameters that one sets. Everyone knows my parameters. Everyone knows the criteria so if I miss in my attempt, I am unsuccessful.

Some bright points. I have run 19 times this month. I just looked it up and my best month actually was 138 miles with 38 runs. Last month I did 102 with 26 runs. This month I have 122 miles with 19 runs. Average per run is 3.63, 3.92, and 6.42 respectively. Month over month is a 61% increase in average miles per run. I know that you might be thinking either blah, blah, blah, or only hearing "wah, wah, wah" like in the "Peanuts" cartoons with Charlie Brown, you might not be thinking anything at all, or perhaps you have already closed the tab and moved on to Runners' World.

The point is that I have some wins this month. I notice that there is a moral victory here. But Jay-Z said, "moral victories are for minor league coaches..." I don't set goals to fail 3 days before it ends. Are there doubts? Certainly. If I don't run tonight, I need to average 9.33 miles per day over the next 3 days in order to hit my goals. It will, without a doubt be tough but toughness, work ethic, and hunger are the type of adjectives I want used to describe me when I am long gone. He was tough. He worked hard. He was hungry.

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