It is not easy to say what we want; it is hard to put ourselves out there, and really challenge what we think we’re capable of doing. I’ve been on both sides of that blurry line – self doubt and self confidence – and I can assure you it never gets easier to stay on the side of the latter.
Somewhere along the road, running became the challenge I needed to realize that a much bigger box is out there. At one of the pit-stops, every other form of physical activity got thrown into the mix (bikes, yoga, hiking, Warrior-style workouts…).
I’m not confined, I’m not unable, I’m not stuck. There is always room for improvement, and tests. There are plenty of days where I’m happy to just lace up the shoes and go – no requirements, no Type-A Garmin expectations, no training plan. But, there are just as many days where I do demand something from my legs & mind. We have a codependent relationship, and that can only grow with expectations.
Very recently I took a lofty goal, and put it out there. After wavering in the “I don’t know about this race” limbo for at least a month, I realized what a wimp I was being. Why run a third marathon without an expectation? Why take what had been a pretty successful – albeit mostly informal, created on-the-go –training cycle and let it go, because I was “unsure”?
If we’re completely sure of what’s possible, we can do better.
“Low expectations are often a self-fulfilling prophecy. We insulate ourselves from failure, don’t try as hard, brace for the worst and often get it.” Seth Godin
So, let’s hear it! What goal are you staring down right now?
What’s something you want, but think you can’t get – aren’t ready for it, don’t really think you can grab it, aren’t totally sure you’ll ever do it?
I’ll be honest, I was more than pleasantly surprised (understatement of the week) to race how I did, but I also told my mind there wasn’t an option. You want a 3:39 or better? Then DO IT. That’s it.
There are a lot of race weekends coming up (NYC & Philly – to name the big ones!), holidays, life changes, etc – and I know a few of you that are capable of much more than you think.
This does not have to be running, or even fitness, related at all. I just challenge you to think of what challenges you. And to put it out there, here. Don’t hesitate, not for a second.
Ready? I’ll get things started. I will qualify for Boston, 2013*.
*meaning I have to run a sub 3:35. Done.