Here are things I'm not going to do:
- Get injured. Seriously. If I get injured again and can't run I'm going to make all of your lives miserable.
- Drink as much wine. I don't think I have a problem (burp), but I wonder how much better I might feel and how much stronger my running might be if I cut back
- Cuss at my children. Because it's just not nice (Joie, that one's for you)
- Lose weight. I know. I must be in the minority on this one. I'm happy where I'm at.
- Exercise more. Again, minority. I think I'm okay in this area. Let's face it, like you all, I ran so much I hurt myself. No problem with exercising here.
- Hang out with people who bring me down. 'Nuf said.
- Get fixated on stupid stuff that doesn't matter. That is, not sweating the small stuff
- Let fear get in the way. I decided this one awhile ago when I thought I was being too controlled by my fears. They were getting in the way of my living. I stopped being afraid and started taking leaps.
- Miss a chance to hang out with and enjoy someone I love.
- Compare myself to anyone else
My 16 week training for the Colorado Marathon starts a week from today. I'm up to six pain-free miles, so I think I'm ready to start a structured plan. To avoid shooting myself in the head yesterday while on the elliptical I listened to a podcast by Endurance Planet. Ever hear of Ultra marathoner Marshall Ulrich and his "Ten Commandments of Endurance"? They apply to each and every one of us who runs. I think I love this man and his wisdom:
10. Expect a journey and a battle--
"Life is not always simple. Don't think that it's just going to be smooth and not a rocky road. Accept that in your mind and then you can deal with things."
9. Focus on the present and set intermediate goals----
"Don't get too far ahead of yourself. Just stay in the present. If you've got some sort of problem…just deal with that. Take a deep breath and solve that one problem and then you can go on to others."
8. Don't dwell on the negative--
"I think it helps to step outside of ourselves and not live in our own space or our own head too much. Look at what's happening out there and focus on even problems of the world or other people. It kind of takes that focus from ourselves."
7. Transcend the physical--
"If you've got an injury, say you've twisted an ankle and you want to keep going--providing you're not doing damage to yourself--take that focus off that ankle. You can keep going as long as you don't get locked into thinking about it continuously. You can transcend that physical aspect."
6. Accept your fate---
"Just accept it for what it is and take it one step at a time."
5. Have confidence that you will succeed---
Recall experiences, "where you've had success in the past. It will give you confidence to go beyond what you normally thought you could."
4. Know that there will be an end---
"There will be an end and we can go on to more fertile soil."
3. Suffering is okay---
"That's the human condition. We're all going to suffer on one level or another."
2. Be kind to yourself---
"If you're running and you need to walk a little bit. That's okay. Know that you have weaknesses just like anybody else."
1. Quitting is not an option---
"Everybody is going to think about quitting. I think about quitting. But you can't let it overwhelm you. You can't let it stop you from your success. And if you frame it in that way--that quitting is not an option--I think that's the best thing to do."
And I leave you with this video of me and the fam in the Colorado mountains today as we rode tubes down a ridiculously steep hill. Just because it makes me smile (if the video keeps pausing, hit pause and wait for it to load completely before watching):