Monday, December 03, 2007
"Relentless Forward Motion"
My "keep moving forward" motivational self-talk has now been replaced with telling myself just to think about "Relentless Forward Motion". I think that has a better ring to it, don't you think?
I figure with this motto, nether snow, rain, ice, or even hail will deter me from getting some trail mileage under my feet.
I think I encountered all that this weekend.
With a winter storm warning over the weekend, my wife questioned if I should be running outside. All I could say was "YES I'AM".
I do most of my training indoors during the week, so my weekend training are meant to be outside, if not the treadmill will really become a "dread-mill" for me.
So in my 1st attempt to run the trails on Saturday. I was driving out of the neighborhood, Hm-mm, stopping the car was not working well. Actually had a near miss. The stop sign told me to stop, but I slid on "Black Ice", luckily the car heading my way on the cross street turned right. Man, that would have really sucked alot.
With that I turned back, parked the car and with my trails shoes on I ran along the streets on the newly formed snow on the sidewalks. I'm sure most of drivers taught I was totally nuts, "Tell me something I don't know"? So with 9 miles in the bank, snow on my face, it was an adventure just trying to run this day.
Then Sunday, the goal was to run the single track trails. I geared up, finally got to wear my cool looking Gaiters (keeps debris out of your shoes) from Dirty Girl Gaiters.
Hmm, nobody showed up to join me today, actually no other car around in the parking lot, I wonder why? must have been that winter storm the day before? you think?
But off I went, I felt like I was totally alone out there running around out on the trails. Kind of spooky running all by myself. Not even a deer or coyote in site. But I told myself I needed to work on my mental toughness and just "LET GO" of my fears.
Even thou it rained or was it hail pelting me briefly at times, getting a little lost once or twice. I was glad I was out there getting some running time in yonder woods, 2 hours and 41 minutes to be exact. Not substantial mileage but good enough for today. I really felt good about it afterwards.
The best part is that I was even able to meet my 50 miles per week goal.
Because sometimes it is just about "Relentless Forward Motion".