I did it! I ran my half marathon on Saturday and reached my goal. I had set a goal to run the 13.1 miles in under two hours. Now that is not a fast time, but for an “older” guy who has never run that far in a competitive environment, it was pretty darn good for me. I had trained for over three months, I was dedicated to running this race, but was concerned too.
You see I had trained for a marathon years before and hurt my knee only three weeks away from day. It was devastating. All that training down the drain. Even though it was only a half, I still had some serious concerns:
- I was concerned about not finishing: did that
- I was concerned about getting hurt: that didn’t happen.
- I was concerned about not finishing my training: that didn’t happen.
- I was concerned about not getting into the race (I forgot to sign up and was told the race was closed, but somehow was allowed to run): that didn’t happen.
I overcame these obstacles and others to run the race, finish the race and be under my goal. My official time was 1:55:46 and I was ecstatic! It was great to be able to say I ran a half marathon. But it is even more satisfying to say that I sacrificed by all of my training hours, eating right and actually following through and reaching my goal.
Sometimes in life we need success in one part to jump start us in other parts of our lives. We all too often put work, what we do, as the number one priority and without success in that part of our lives, we deem ourselves failures. But what about the other parts of your life that are even more important:
- Social Time
- Personal Growth
By setting a goal, working on the goal and accomplishing that goal in one part of my life, it will spill over to the other areas of my life, including work. Our purpose in this life can never be one dimensional. Lately I have been frustrated with my work and church, my training gave me a positive outlet for my frustrations and a way to channel my energy in a positive way.
I would encourage you to do the same, it may not be a half marathon or even running. It could be a new group at church, building a stone wall around your house, planning a big outing with you family or a hundred other things. Find something that will give you a purpose in one of those big areas of life, your will be glad you did.