Week 1 of marathon training DONE, and I couldn’t be more confident about the weeks to come (only 158 days till the Richmond Marathon). Seriously, I didn’t know what to expect after having taken such a long break from running then jumping straight into a training plan without even easing into it, but you guys. It’s been FANTASTIC! A fellow runner even complimented me on my pace. WHAT!? THAT HAS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE.
I hope you are rocking the socks off your training! What are you excited about this week?
PUSHING ON! IT’S MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY!
Last week I shared on Still Easier Than Chemo’s Facebook page an article about a girl who left her family a secret message they found after she’d died of cancer. Athena Orchard’s words were still with me during yesterday’s long run, so I thought I’d share them with you again here:
“Happiness depends on ourselves. Maybe it’s not about the happy ending, maybe it’s about the story. The purpose of life is a life of purpose. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.”
Read the rest of her message here.
Our number one goal should be this: to be content and satisfied with our life. What anyone else thinks doesn’t matter. Because life is too short. Those who have been affected by cancer know this truth intimately.
Still, it’s not easy. We all have a million-and-one things going on at any given moment; it’s natural to get hung up in the day-to-day. For me, running is a way to quiet my mind, to reflect and refocus, and that is why I’m challenging myself (and you!) to carry Athena’s words with me:
Find happiness. Love and be loved. Embrace the journey. Take risks. Don’t take shit. Be extraordinary.
Run the marathon.