Friday, May 28, 2010
Jack Sh*t I know How you Feel
Last week Jack Sh*t blogged about seeing a picture of a runner who had a rather nasty "accident" during a race. He didn't post the picture but I'm pretty sure it's this one. It's one I've seen before as well. You can read Jack's post here: http://jackfit.blogspot.com/2010/05/no-stopping-me-now-on-c25k.html
It's a pretty gross picture, but Jack was posting about perseverance--namely his own perseverance under similar circumstances. Jack's training to run in a race, and one day, mid-way through his loop, that old familiar feeling began rattling around in his gut. Rather than stop, he finished up without soiling himself, and viewed it, rightly so, as a major accomplishment.
I had a similar experience this morning. When I work up this morning at 5 am, I had that "feeling" that something was coming. The problem was that it wasn't quite ripe. Now, normally this wouldn't be a problem, but the reason I was up at 5 am was that it was the only time I could get my power walk in.
It was one of those now or never situations. If I waited until I was "ready" it would cut into my walking time. I could use the treadmill and hop off once the need became critical, but it was a beautiful morning and I wanted to enjoy the great outdoors.
So I bit the bullet, put on my Shape-ups walking shoes, grabbed my hand weights and Ipod and headed for the streets.
I'm glad to say I got my full 3.5 mile walk in and there was no repeat of the above photo (although I did have to make a mad dash for the powder room once I got home).
And, I was "rewarded" for my perseverance as well. I found a brand new, crisp $20 bill on the side on the road this morning on my walk.
It was like God was giving me a prize for sucking it up and going for it.
I'll have to think of something good to spend that $20 on.