Last week I reached the two year anniversary of running every day. I’ve now run over 730 days in a row.
Last year when I reached this milestone I looked back and found a few days that were hilariously fun. This year seemed less fun and more like work. While I had some great moments, they were mostly in the actual races and not in the quiet moments running alone.
The Big Events
In October last year I paced my sister to her first marathon in Washington D.C. She’d survived a difficult surgery and promised herself that she’d run a marathon if her life returned to normal. I’m thankful that it did and it was my honor to escort her around Washington D.C. for 26.2 miles. What a blast. It was a beautiful day and a huge win for her.
In December I ran my fastest marathon ever at College Station, Texas, finishing in 3 hours, 44 minutes. I trained with the goal of 3 hours 45 minutes as my pace. It’s amazing how close my race resembled my training (that’s sarcasm). You get what you put into it…and I got the joy of coming across at my goal pace.
In January Cheryl wanted me to pace her at Houston. She ran her 2nd fastest marathon ever and surprised herself by her fast time (especially after she nearly gave up at the 23 mile mark). I was really excited for her, and I’ll pace my wife running whenever she wants. She’s a great running partner (even if she tries to always train faster than I really want….).
That said, the quiet moments were the important ones.
The moments that mattered in my “every day of running” personal challenge were the times that I just didn’t feel like it. It was the days (like today) when it’s the perfect day for running but my body’s tired of it and I just don’t want to go. I think I had great days because on days like today I decided that this wasn’t the right day to quit. Instead of saying “no” and taking the easy way, I strapped on the shoes and trudged at least a mile. Most days I was glad I did.
It’s the quiet moments that are most important to your goals.
It’s those days when nothing is happening that matter.
It’s the day you spend a little less.
It’s the day you ask for a raise.
It’s the day you do a little more for the client.
It’s the day you decide to cook at home instead of eating out.
It’s the day you donate to the local charity.
It’s the day you give 1% more to your 401k plan.
It’s the day you revisit your life insurance needs.
It’s the day you have the garage sale and get rid of clutter.
It’s the day you pick up a financial book (or podcast!) and get educated.
It’s the little days.
Go chase that goal! I’m heading out to run…..
Photo: Torrey Wiley