Friday, August 1, 2014


Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change…
I cannot change the fact that I got injured in March. I cannot change the fact that injury recovery (especially those involving tendons) takes a long time. I cannot change the fact that my endurance isn't what it used to be and isn't anywhere near I would like it to be prior to running my first half marathon. I have the serenity to accept that.

The courage to change the things I can…
I can choose to be accountable for not listening to my body and pushing myself past that “safe” point in my training. I can change the way I approach my training in the future, including focusing on my physical therapy exercises to strengthen my core/hips. I can change the events I participate in and how often I participate in them. I have the courage to do that.

And the wisdom to know the difference…
I won't change the minds of the doubters (well not all of them), but I can ensure that my mind continues to be open to all the things I am capable of. I know that I can't change the past mistakes I have made in my training, but I have the courage to face each new training day as a new opportunity to do more and to get better. 

A few years ago I wouldn’t have even considered walking 13.1 miles, but now I am determined to run (run:walk:run) that distance tomorrow. 

This journey to complete my marathon goals is partially about running, but even more importantly it is a reflection of my approach to life. Life is hard. There are circumstances and situations that you are faced with that aren't ideal. There are times when you will be able to move through life “running” at the right pace and cadence, relishing in the endorphin release. And there are times when your pace will slow down. When you will jog, and maybe even walk, as challenges arise. The point is to never stop. To push past that “wall” in life (and in running) that will inevitably try to keep you from your goals. And remember to face each day with...

Serenity, Courage & Wisdom

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