THE BEST YOU HAVE.....IS ALL YOU REALLY NEED
Running Lake Hefner Sunday-first time taking a trip around in over a year-created the perfect backdrop for revisiting my gratitude for this sport. The past year-"a series of recoveries"-has been quite comparable to the way I describe half or full marathons to runners, those I coach, and near and far. A few bangups on the road, none which seemed like real injuries, but all pre-empting running "free", challenging the carefree joy so many of us get on the roads....what this period of uncertain miles gave me though, as it always does, is more clarity and a clear reminder that we're promised very little in our pursuit of the sport, and the bigger lesson, from LIFE itself. And what better day to recall and be grateful for so many things than April 19.
The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon honors and remembers those affected and those lost due to the Federal Building bombing April 19, 1995, while celebrating and uniting so many who gather from all corners of the world. I tell people that the closest feeling of pure meditation I experience is while during a run; I'm most creative, in touch with gratitude, and my CLARITY is most present. The central theme these heightened traits brings to me is that there is of the one thing we are guaranteed when we step outside our "comfort zone", pursuing a goal or end result which has an uncertain path: We live our lives OUT LOUD (however quietly) and that is as much the victory as any finish line, personal best or individual achievement we will ever achieve. In effect, it allows us the privilege to be, as much as we ever are, in control of our destiny!
I'll look forward to seeing you all OKC Memorial Marathon weekend, and I wish for you on Sunday, the 30th, many "peaks and valleys" toward whatever goal you aspire, because you earned them all, and I offer a simple reminder that may help a bit in getting through them: Remember how truly fortunate you are to be able to hurt that much....
There are often personal quests, time goals and expectations tied to an athlete's quest of a starting line; I've been there many times. That's great, and I applaud you for these pursuits. If the end result is in some manner not what you expected, or offers some surprising twists, this is as much a part of the victory as reaching a personal best. Try to remember the big picture when you're digging deep, and that you're doing great things not only for yourself that day, but for many others. Such is my view of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, and why the last Sunday of April feels to me like the best day on the calendar each year.
I'll see you here next week for a final pre-race "Bravo's Corner", and I'm very proud of you all! Go get 'em, athletes!