My first marathon is just 2 sleeps away! Yes, I am ready! I know I have this in the bag. I trust my 5-month training and all your words of encouragement and support are right here.... *points to heart*
I was watching a rerun of "The Last Samurai" on TV a couple of days ago and Tom Cruise had a line that struck me,
"From the moment they (Samurai) wake, they devote themselves to the perfection of whatever they pursue. I have never seen such discipline."
Hmmm...maybe I should wear something like this to the marathon. It's Vegas anyway...NOT!
This rings true for us runners, don't you think? Without self-discipline, you will not be able to achieve your goals. It is one of the master keys to succeed in life. The others keys would be will power, hard work, persistence and faith in God. Am I forgetting anything?
So much discipline is required during training and I am thankful that this is one of my very few (haha!)
That being said, not finishing the marathon, letting the "wall" stop me, and saying, "I can't"...IS NOT AN OPTION! I have trained all summer for this and I will die before I let it all go to waste!
Yeah, see any difference? I have definitely toned down the negative self talk and I'm keeping it positive from here on end.
I remember how panicky I was some months ago. It's the O.C. in me! Because I know I CANNOT control everything involved in running a marathon and it will be my first so I do not know what to expect since it's really different for each individual.
Often times we make our fear of the unknown prevent us from doing something great, becoming someone great. I have since learned that life does not come with an agenda. And since then, my O.C. self has calmed down.
I'd like to end this post with a quote from Sara of Words to Run By (shared by Jen of See Jen Roe Run)...
"There will be days you don't think you can run a marathon. There will be a lifetime of knowing you have."I choose the latter!