Or are you going to be strong today? -Peter Maher
I have been asking myself this every evening. A group of friends generously volunteered me to run a relay leg in the Via of the Lehigh Valley marathon. I never say no to a challenge and figured this would be an easy one. Went out for my first training run about a month ago. Damn near crippled myself. I guess I should have started out slowly but that's really not my nature. So much for it being easy.
Every day, after about 10 hours of work, I change out of my skirt and pumps into smelly running shoes and battered shorts. I get in my car and head to the park. Am I going to wimp out? Turn the car for home and the frosty martini that surely waits for me? Or am I going to be strong? Run my 5 miles and keep my end of the bargain?
I run really slowly so I have plenty of time to ask myself this question again and again. I think about a lot of things during my runs but it all circles back to wimp or strength. Strength has been winning. It's partly because I'm too stubborn to quit but mostly because other people are counting on me. The gals on my team need me. I can't let them down. They are my strength.
It occurred to me, much later than it probably should have, that this concept applies to all aspects of my life. Not just running but work, family and other commitments. I need to be strong and successful because the company I work for depends on me, my loved ones depend on me, heck my dogs depend on me. If I wimp out I'm not just letting myself down, I'm letting them down too.
Ask yourself before you walk through the office door or your front door "Are you going to be strong today or are you going to be a wimp?"
Well I must be off.
"The woods are lovely dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep." Robert Frost