I’ve shared this song/video before, but after re-watching Wreck it Ralph last night, a bunch of the lyrics were stuck in my head as I did my 15 miles this morning…so, here’s the link again if you’re not familiar with this (fun) song:
So, yes, warning…it’s catchy, stuck-in-your-head ear-wormy, but when I hear these lyrics, I cannot help but smile…and yes, I’m gonna tell you why – and how on earth it is relevant to running 🙂
Switch on the sky and the stars glow for you – Go see the world ’cause it’s all so brand new – Don’t close your eyes – ‘Cause your futures ready to shine! It just a matter of time – Before we learn how to fly
When you’re training for an endurance event, there’s a lot you have to do that’s NOT running. What? Well, you see, you have a plan which (likely) includes a training schedule, the right running gear (for weather conditions, temperature fluctuations and comfort and of course, the right attitude. I admit, this crappy weather has put a major damper on that last aspect for me lately, but this song reminded me something last night – I HAVE GOALS. BIG GOALS. To reach them, I just need to execute my plan – and I love running and goal-setting, so what’s standing in the way of me reaching those dreams? And who is the only person that can change that? The answer to both questions is ME. Everything is in place. I just need to spread my wings and get out there – take chances!
Life is a trip and the road that leads you – Look all around at the mountains you haven’t climbed – It’s just a matter of time
When I crossed the finish line at the Baltimore Marathon last October, I was ecstatic! Not only had I dropped 15 minutes from my PR for the marathon distance, I had gone in with enthusiasm and positivity – NOT stress, anxiety or bad thoughts. People told me how challenging the course was, warned me of the merge between the half and full marathon and more…but I just smiled. It was JUST a race – and yet somehow, I was able to prove that my training was working that sunny October day…and I wish I could bottle up that confidence again, but I know it’s something that just has to ‘happen.’
I’ll be the first to admit that my performance at the Three Bridges Marathon is still weighs on my mind- though I did push away a lot of the negativity that surrounded it after running the Walt Disney World Marathon a little over a month later 🙂 But, I’m human, when stuff isn’t going the way I want it to, it’s easy to blame myself – that’s okay…and this song reminds me of that…there ARE a lot of mountains I haven’t climbed…and it IS just a matter of time…I’ll get it!
So, I know it’s corny, but the song + run reminded me that each time we lace up our shoes, it really is another chance, another opportunity. We all have different mountains in our lives, but if we work hard, we can scale them. Nothing is impossible!!
Any unusual sources of inspiration in your life?
P.S. If you need some inspiration and my post just didn’t do it for ya (it’s okay, lol), check out MINDY’S INCREDIBLE STORY of her journey to BQ here. You won’t regret it! 😀