…we are challenged…

When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves. – Viktor Frankl

I usually agree with the quotes I choose to use. I do not agree with this one, at least not today.

I am learning that changing myself to suit a situation sometimes means allowing someone to go unchallenged on their path, a path that is simply not acceptable to me. So, I choose not to change. I choose to challenge.

So, perhaps when we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to find a new strategy.

Gain a new perspective.

 

The miracle isn’t that you finished…

“The miracle isn’t that you finished. The miracle is that you had the courage to start.” – adapted from John Bingham

I saw this quote today, hand printed on a sign, leaning up against an old chair, right at the top of a hill. The hardest hill of my half marathon trek today. Halfway up the hill, two ladies were dressed in crazy outfits, playing music and dancing away. They also had a sign, “It’s a hill. Get over it”

This was the hardest half marathon walk of the five I have done. I really, really (really) wanted to do a personal best and my first half pace put me right on track. And then, around kilometre 11, the wheels started to fall off the bus. I had pushed so hard in that first half, I believe, that I was not going to be able to keep it up. I did the first 10 km in 1 hour 24 minutes. That’s a pace of 8 minutes 24 seconds. To runners, that sounds easy breezy. And probably for many walkers.

My pace in the second half was 9 minutes 24 seconds. Oops. Was it the hills? The lack of enough food before I started? Who knows?

I do know this. I have never trained harder and felt better before a race. And when things were going good – and there were times in the second half when things were going good – I was very happy.

So, although like the flower below, I’m a bit worse for wear tonight, I’m a happy half marathoner!

How I feel tonight…..

Night before….

Spending time tonight “carbing up”….race day tomorrow!

As I head into my fifth half marathon walking race, I am feeling confident as I have never prepared as well as this year. Specifically the cross training with cycling. It also is, as my hubby pointed out today, possibly my last walking race as I move to cycling as my main activity.

I am a person who needs goals to get me out the door and exercising – and I’m thrilled that race day has arrived.

The weather report is for rain and unseasonably warm weather, with winds apparently at our backs.  The course is gorgeous and the fall colours are amazing. Time to hydrate and get a good night’s sleep.

Ready to race!

Tunnel vision

We all know, or work with, that special person – the one who is so focussed on themselves and their issues, they never step back and look at the big picture. They forget that the world is bigger than them.  

Tunnel vision can have great results in photography. Not so much in life.

Not looking at the big picture

Walk with me….

I’m just 6 days from my half marathon walk. My goal is personal best time – which means 21.1 km in under 2:54.

The race in which I achieved that time was 6 years ago, prior to my meeting up with some mighty tough munchkins who landed some serious kicks to my knees. (Well, and I WAS six years younger…..)

So, I’m still aiming for that goal, though if my knees decide that goal is too lofty, “just finish” will be equally acceptable!

Walk with me