Monday, May 05, 2008

Happy Decision

Yesterday at 6 miles into my planned 17 mile run I had the following inner conversation:
  • Mary, you have run 6 miles, you have 11 miles to go.  Do you even want to do this?
  • If you run 17 miles, you will spend the remainder of this beautiful day on the sofa - no having the kids over, no baking a pie, nothing but trying to live through the day.
  • You want to run a marathon, but are you willing to sacrifice the next 40 days getting ready for it?
  • Do you want to run with grim determination?
  • Or do you want to run with joy?
I chose joy.  I ran 4 more miles.  10 miles is a good training run for a half marathon.  I am going to run a half marathon in Alaska and know that I will enjoy the rest of my vacation.  I will not have to be miserable about running anymore.  I can run the way I like to run.  And enjoy it!

So today I will head off to work.  I have a bunch of work I brought home on Friday night - and I better do it today because it never got off the back seat of my car this weekend.  I have a couple of things to do this week that I am dreading, but they will be over by 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon.  I will try to spend my time preparing instead of dreading.   


Pam said...

YEAH..a decision. And I for one think it is an EXCELLENT decision. Joy is always the best way to go. I think this will make your vacation so much more fun!!!
Good for you Mary...BRAVO.
Little fried cornbread patty.

dAAve said...

I'm glad you made a decision that you can live with. Now, enjoy!!

Scott W said...

I knew you would find a way through all that. Now, send me some fried cornbread!

Syd said...

Good for you to make a decision based on joy of doing something. What we do should be filled with joy and not dread. Not white knuckling our way to get it. You will have a great time in Alaska.

Zane-nawwaa said...

And we will intuitively make the right decision. Hmmmmmmmm. Good for you. MMMMM Fried cornbread patty with corn in it. Oh dear, that will give me a fat attack.

Kathy Lynne said...

Joy trumps grim every time!!!

Scott said...

hmmm... I think that decision makes you a winner already!