“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” That is one of my all-time favorite quotes that I believe can be used in any facet of life.
obstacle (ob-stuh-kuhl) – noun: Something that gets in your way or prevents you from doing something.
This is the definition of the word obstacle in the Scholastic Children’s Dictionary. This week has certainly presented some challenges during my first official week of training. After getting everything packed in my swim bag on a Wednesday evening last week, we arrived at the PAC only to find that it was closed for repairs. Then later in the week, weather got in the way when we were supposed to run 6 miles and swim. We got in the car to drive to Platteville, only to turn around and head back to Suppz Gym because the risk just wasn’t worth the gain.
I am NOT a treadmill runner…in any way, shape or form. The mental aspects of running on one usually get the best of me after about a mile, maybe two. But I did it. I got on that treadmill and ran all 6 miles, knowing that I have to. So many people have so many bigger obstacles to running on the treadmill than my stubbornness and mere dislike for treadmill running. I appreciate having my friend Deanna next to me, even if we didn’t even talk much. When I look at my training plan, I find that I have accomplished almost all of the first week-minus some much needed swimming. We are hoping the roads clear tonight so we can go get those yards in.
I know there will be many more obstacles to this journey: time, summer vacation to Florida, and probably unforeseen challenges that I am not even aware of yet. I believe when you approach an obstacle, it’s how you look at it that will determine whether it affects you. Attitude is such a huge part of all this. I’m a worrier by nature and I’m pretty sure my Pastor Mark Dieter was preaching directly to me on Sunday, whether he knew it or not. Sometimes I worry that I won’t finish. Sometimes I worry that I will get an injury that will make it impossible for me to participate. But worry isn’t going to get me to the finish line. I just need to keep the faith that I will finish.
Looking outside, it seems hard to imaging biking outside anytime soon or even running outside, but I am hoping this last snow of the year will melt within the week and those beautiful temps will return. If not, it’s just another obstacle in this journey….and my attitude and resolve will determine the outcome.