12 Half Marathons & 1 Full Marathon later, the quest goes on.
"What you seek is seeking you." - Rumi
"What you seek is seeking you." - Rumi
1. The ability to endure is a superpower
Your ability to endure discomfort, uncertainty, challenges, pain, fear and exhaustion will take you places.
2. Adventures will redefine reality
The body, mind, soul & the spirit are made for adventures and it is your adventures that will show you what you are made of and will help you discover what your body, mind, soul and the spirit are capable of.
3. Limitless Potential
The body, mind, spirit and the soul have limitless potential to manifest our core powers but we must be willing to stand at the edge to become aware of the depth of our potential. If we do not push ourselves to the very edge of our perceived limits, we will not know our potential.
4. The body is a Star
Quite literally, our bodies are made of Star Dust & metaphorically, what our bodies endure and surpass to keep us alive and to help us achieve our goals is the stuff of legends.
5. What is inside of you never dies & what calls out to you is always waiting for you
You get as many chances as you decide to take. And the path that calls out to you is a path that your body, mind, soul & the spirit have the power to walk and run on, at any age & time.
6. Willpower & Purpose
A strong willpower fueled by a strong sense of purpose will keep you going for as long as it takes.
7. Take a chance, embrace the unknown & trust the Universe
Take a chance & show up because when you do - the right people, miracles, the wisdom, the awareness, the skills & the Universe will help you forward in your path.
You will over-train, under-train & end up with injuries; mistakes & strange things will happen. But the body heals fast and the mind, soul & the spirit will forever be excited by a worthy, meaningful cause.
9. It gets worse before it gets better
The pain, discomfort & fear roars the strongest when it is about to die and strength, endurance and serenity are about to be born.
Once the body, mind, spirit & the soul have picked up momentum, do not let your conditioning interfere with the flow because if you break the momentum, you will lose time & sometimes it is not possible to recover the same pace before the end of the race.
11. Be open & rediscover
Be open to changes. Be open to new things. They come to us for a reason, often, to help us evolve.
12. Not every race/life experience is going to be the same
You will sail through some races & at some races, you will flail like you are going against a strong current.
13. You do not need to know the how when your why is strong enough
You forget about how it will all turn out or work out because you don't care that you don't have all the answers; you only care that you get started on this path because it speaks to you.
14. Surrender the need to control and to know everything because you do not control reality
You can only give your best effort but you do not control the outcome and you cannot predict reality. What happens on race day is a combination of far too many factors like weather, your training, your skill, the road elevation and the road conditions, your body performance and several other variables.
15. You can push through
No matter how well you train, there will be moments when you feel like you cannot go on anymore. But then you push through and you make it to the other side of the finish line.
16. When you walk the path that calls out to you, you are running your own race
When you are true to your path, you don't care about what everyone else is up to because you are not trying to conform to a set idea. You are simply doing your own thing.
17. Only you can choose a practice/way of life that works best for you
Your body & mind will tell you what works best for them: running solo, running in groups, running trails, running on roads, running marathons, running 5K, running all the way or running in intervals. Only you can know what works best for you.
18. Comparisons are pointless
Someone else will be faster but everyone is a complex product of their genes, experiences, natural abilities, training, food, sleep and countless other life habits. So comparisons are pointless.
19. Finish Line will turn us from zombies into superman
Once we glimpse the prized finish line, our lead like bodies turn into wings & we fly.
20. Anything monumental/life altering comes with a fear tag
If you are not scared, you are not really in the midst of a life altering adventure. Being scared gives way to a monumental accomplishment that shatters your perceptions about what is possible.
The story so far
I was born athletic and running called out to me as a young kid. So, being a runner, is my way of staying true to who I am and bringing meaning, love, joy, adventure and peace into my life.