Yes, you read that right I’m Super Grateful!
Sunday morning came and I’d set my Zen Alarm Clock to wake me up at 6am as a back up, so I wouldn’t sleep in. As my bio-rhythms would have it, I was up before 5. So much for sleeping in on race day.
A few months ago I decided to race Vancouver’s First Half Marathon and on Sunday I had the great opportunity to show up and race it. During this time of year it’s my offseason for training so my volume is kept to a minimum of 9 to 12 hours each week. It’s at a happy and manageable intensity and volume. Nothing too crazy for my mind and body.
“In Life, How You do Anything is How You do Everything”
Every time I race I learn so much about myself and I always get to shine more light into the nooks and cranny’s within me, a place that tends to be much darker. That’s why I LOVE racing. As the race started I knew I wanted to set a personal record so I was meticulous with my race plan and execution of pace management. The race started and as usual many people up front were hammering right from the get go. I simply found my pace and let hundreds of people pass me.
As I was running my challengingly comfortable pace (for the first few miles at least) I couldn’t help but think that this is how so many people live their lives. They get some idea or adventure in their mind and and take off without thinking if this is the most logical or efficient way to proceed. So I let all these people follow herd mentality and run at paces that they could never maintain for the entire race. Short sighted. After a few miles I began to just pick people off as they started to labour and break down.
“In Life, Nobody Plans to Fail, but You May Fail to Plan”
Something I feel is super important and implement in every area of my life is… A Plan. Strong and steady wins in the game of life. You gotta have follow through and not live our lives like firecrackers, dying out well before we hit the finish line. I see this so much with so many peeps. So why not make a little race plan for your entire life. Sure you’ll get to the finish line of life either way, but why not get there with more energy, vitality and joy. It makes every experience so much richer and fuller. And it leads to so many more personal records.
So I’m asking you to get out of your comfort zone, make a plan with a manageable pace, and take relentless action in the pursuit of some dream you have. You will be grateful you did.
“In Life, to See what’s Possible sometimes You have to do something that may appear Impossible”
This race was 13.1 miles around the seawall of Vancouver and it was the shortest race I’ve done in two years. Yet keep in mind that as the distance decreases the intensity increases. As I got halfway through the race I could feel my legs getting tight and I was officially working pretty damn hard. As I hit mile 7 I got passed for the first time by this fit dude hammering the pavement. He was running at a slightly faster pace than me. I instantly had a dilemma! I was working hard, but I knew I was still holding back. At this pace I would safely get a personal record by 1 minute. A great accomplishment, but nothing to write home about.
“In life, Pain is inevitable… Suffering is optional”
I decided to go for it and hitch a ride with this guy. I upped my pace and began to experience some serious discomfort. I tell myself, if this pace was easy, everyone would do it. As every mile passed the pain kept increasing and I kept struggling to manage it. This guy kept picking up the pace and I continued to follow suit. In life, most people do there absolute best to avoid pain, strife or challenges. This is what I believe, we only grow as much as we are challenged in life. This universal law also states that if we do not seek our challenges for growth and opportunity, they will be handed to us by our environment… Interesting!
Personally, I find it way more empowering to seek out my challenges. But, the choice is yours. Seek and you shall find, or sit and you shall receive. Either way you will experience some discomfort or pain. But either way you have a choice to suffer or not. Yes, suffering is a choice my friends. At times we may not think so, as we believe that life simply happens to us. But regardless of what you experience you have the choice to embrace it and learn and grow or contract and become a victim of your circumstances. It’s your life, so you choose!
Today, I ran this race the way I do everything, my absolute BEST. I created a training and race plan, executed it as best I could, and improvised on the spot to experience something that previously was impossible for me. Finally, I faced my pain and strife head on, integrated it and chose to learn and grow, rather than wear the hat of a victim and suffer. I was in some serious pain and discomfort for the last quarter of this race.
I invite you step up in one area of your life to see what you can move from impossible to possible. For me this brought a new personal record of 1:23 for a Half Marathon. Woo Hoo! I’m already getting revved up for the next growth opportunity, as I almost have complete amnesia to how much pain I was truly in… : )
To Your Mastery,