Friday, March 03, 2006

No Fear of...

Training is time consuming. And tiring. Exhausting, rather. Not to mention painful, at times. It demands dedication, perseverance, and if we're honest, a splash of stubbornness. Flexibility is required. From your calendar and your hamstrings. As is strength. And guts. And a small - OK, hefty - gumption for glory.

In short, it takes commitment. And this morning, as I walked out of Starbucks carefully reading "The Way I See It #76," I was reminded of just how great that little C-word is.

"The irony of commitment is that it's deeply liberating - in work, in play, in love. The act frees you from the tyranny of your internal critic, from the fear that likes to dress itself up and parade around as a rational hesitation. To commit is to remove your head as the barrier to your life."

- Anne Morriss (Starbucks customer from NYC. She describes herself as an 'organization builder, restless American citizen, optimist.')"

Training takes its toll not on just your body, but also on on your mind. And so in addition to everything listed above, training takes reminders. From your Outlook calendar at the office. Or from within the pages of Runner's World. From your training buddy and sometimes, even from the back of that Starbucks cup. Now and again throughout the season, but especially during those sluggish, manic Mondays that follow ferocious weekends of revelry with friends. On these days, it is good to be reminded of why we do this.

Frustration, doubt, fear, and every other barrier I create in my head to derail me from the schedule don't exist in my Asics. They're not out on the roads. And they aren't in my refrigerator. Really, the only place I ever find anything that could potentially hinder my success this racing season is inside my head.

No whining. No sighing. No excuses. And no fear of commitment.

8 comments:

IMmike said...

Hey, gotta agree with a lot of what you said... It's funny, I saw a quote on my soap bar wrapper yesterday: "To live freely, you must live simply." Kind of goes with what you are saying because I think that commitments in a way (and when used correctly) can have a very simplifying effect on our lives...

And training can be/is really, really hard at times. Sometimes, I guess we just have to step back and remember that we do this stuff because a certain part of it really appeals to us. That doesn't go away when things get tough, even if a little voice inside our head is telling us otherwise.

Mike said...

I think you made a mistake and mentioned Asics instead of Nike in this post!;-) Just kidding- excellent stuff though...hope you don't mind me linking to it in a recent post- thanks

Keryn said...

Inspiration comes in the strangest places. I am sometimes befuddled by how much commitment and dedication it takes simply to have quality "me" time. But it IS liberating.

Great post!

walchka said...

Great post Nic!

It definitely got the wheels spinning on some things that I need to recommit to. Thanks for the kick in the seat.

jkrunning--Just Keep Running said...

Nic, I need to print out your post and tape it to my mirror. I am the queen of excuses. I need to make a commitment to training, to school work, to house cleaning, to my life. Thanks for the great reminder.

a.maria said...

ok. i'm totally linking to this in my otro blog!! lurv it!

Lan said...

well said! except I run in Brooks :)

Lynne said...

This was a GREAT motivator for me today... Training is getting harder, but the commitment to the event is there, so I continue to train...