One of my first posts on this blog was about me running and completing a marathon. This accomplishment still ranks high in my life and I will never forget the emotions I felt when I crossed that finish line. If you are a runner you understand what I’m saying; to give up of your time in preparation for such a challenge, in that moment of closing in on your goal the whole world stops and there is this burst of adrenaline that makes your body move beyond anything you could ever imagine. Feeling tired won’t stop you. The pain won’t stop. Completing the marathon becomes an inner ambition that clings to your soul.
No one expresses this feeling better than Dean Karnazes in his book “The Ultra Marathon Man”. Dean shares of this love for running and how it become his personal moment of reflection. Running reset his life on a course that brought him joy and a few accolades. If you love running or find peace in the simple act of journeying by foot, this book is a must read. It will motivate you to get up and get moving. It has done that to me.
Since that marathon day I have yet to enter on another race. I remember setting my eyes on the Ironman and felling invincible. Beyond naive, my thoughts were simply unrealistic. Especially since I didn’t keep up with the training regiment. And recently I’ve thought of that marathon day and have questioned it: What was it for? What did it mean? Instead of being the final day of a challenge that day become the first day of a life transformed. When you achieve a goal it’s normal to pause and recognize what you have accomplished. I think I’ve paused for too long.
I’ve continued running but I know I can do more; more days of running and longer distances. I’ve been to the gym and done my fair share of muscle building exercises but I know I haven’t done enough. Challenging oneself is important in the process of living a life motivated. It also helps that I have a supporting and encouraging family that motivates me to find a new challenge.
This post is a memo to myself: get back to running and exercising. There is a challenge out there waiting for me.
As part of the vision for 2motive8, be on the lookout for more posts with the category #MotivateHealthyLiving.
What healthy living challenges are awaiting you? Share in the comments. I would love to start a conversation about it.