As we drift into the fall weather of October, this means I’m three days away from beginning my run from El Paso, Texas to San Diego, California. Since the day I was asked to go on this run, I began my training. I understood that if I wanted to succeed and reach this goal I would have to put in the work. For the next six short months I ran every other day no matter what. Every morning, even if I was exhausted, sick, or sore, I ran. After accumulating over 100 hours of running or 500 miles ran within those six months, I can still admit that I’m a bit frightened of the challenge that stands before me.
My girlfriend never enjoyed the idea about me going on this long-distance run. Since the beginning, she worried about me getting hurt. I understand her worries, so I try not to bring up the subject often.
Yesterday, however, my girlfriend and I spent the whole day together. Late in the afternoon we went for a jog and I decided to share my doubts concerning the run. To my surprise she said, “What did I just tell you? Look up before you hurt yourself.” Completely thrown off by her words, I quickly lifted my gaze and corrected my posture.
I have a habit of looking down while I run. I look at the ground when I become fatigue but doing this ultimately hurts my spine and neck. As soon as she said that, I was reminded about the push-ups I did earlier that day as well. She stated the same thing while I did those because I let my head down after the first five.
Even though that was all she said, I still found the inspiration I needed. After our jog I had an urge to write about my experience with my girlfriend’s stern words and voice. I enjoy sharing my thoughts, but most of all I believe that when I write them out, that is when I truly practice what I preach.
Sometimes, when life becomes tough, we tend to “look down” or focus on the negatives. Instead we should be focusing on a positive mindset no matter how fatigue or frustrated we are. “Never think about why you can’t do something. Think about how you can.” Your mind is a powerful thing and I wanted to remind everyone of this. On the long distance run I plan to keep my head up and think about feeling the water off the coast of California.