Monday, April 25, 2011

Looking for a 25 hour day

Have you ever felt like there just isn't enough time in a day? Why didn't God decide to make a day longer? How am I supposed to fit everything into 24 hours?

I have found myself asking this question almost daily as I try to work, run and keep a dying social calendar on life support. I know everyone is busy, so I am definitely not looking for pity, just pointing out how difficult it is for all of us to navigate through the maze of our lives in such short time.

My running has been going well as i've surprisingly squeezed in my miles to some tight spaces. I have spent a lot of time on the roads with no sun to guide my path, only street lamps and headlights from oncoming cars.

One thing i've learned in the past few weeks is that being busy can be a good motivator. What I mean by that is, it's hard to be apathetic when you're up against the clock. College students are familiar with this concept when it comes to term papers, but the same rings true for running and even for life.

If I know I have to be somewhere, I run faster. If I have too much to do and my mind is racing, I run faster. The challenge lies in not getting caught inside this maze of life, because it doesn't matter how fast you are going, you have to stop when you hit a dead end.

Friday, April 8, 2011

A little motivation goes a long way

Just a few days ago I was miserable on a three-mile run, with no race in sight I found very little drive to get out on the road in the morning. The next day I hopped straight out of bed with plenty of energy and found new life in my legs. I was excited to be out running and found a new sense of confidence. The difference? I had signed up for a couple of races, giving myself something to strive after. I was loving the new energy, but realized something about myself. I can push myself incredibly hard if I am motivated by a goal. However, if no goal or dream exists I become as useless as an old pair of running shoes. At some point, I need to find a happy medium. I need to be able to live my life with the passion of chasing a dream, even if i'm not.

Monday, April 4, 2011

26.2 x 2

I love running because it gives me a daily opportunity to test my limits. Each and every morning, I am faced with the obstacle of laziness and doubt. Each and every morning I have the opportunity to start my day off with success by overcoming said obstacles, along with several others that seem to creep their way into my body/mind/schedule. Recently, i've been testing my limits by running marathons with relatively quick turnaround time. I've become a "Marathon Maniac" not to pad my stats or to boast in my running (i'd have to be much faster to even think about bragging), but to test myself physically, mentally and emotionally. Perhaps it's a "guy thing" or maybe I just have a screw loose. It could be the "runner's high" or maybe i'm a glutton for punishment. Whatever it is, i've decided that I want more. Running six marathons in six months was definitely challenging, but I never found my limit. Back to the drawing board... In six weeks, I will be running the Palos Verdes Marathon on May 14th and the Pasadena Marathon on May 15th. They say, "You never know until you try...", so here goes nothing...