October in reduction
reduce (something) to small particles or powder by crushing it.
Phew... I don't know about your line of work, but for me, October is a little bit like April for an accountant. The work just never ends, the training just never ends, life just never ends. I knew it was coming, I THOUGHT I new what to expect, but I had no idea...
...how honestly rewarding this month would be. With every late night, long day or priority of putting work or training above almost anything else, my life and my soul grew and flourished. I mean, I picked this job. I chose to grow my business at the same time I wanted to grow my family. I knew I signed up for a marathon in the middle of all the madness. (What a beautiful race the Columbus marathon was!) All I've ever wanted was this life.
"Watch your thoughts, they become words; watch your words, they become actions; watch your actions, they become habits; watch your habits, they become character; watch your character, for it becomes your destiny." - Frank Outlaw
I truly believe we all have the potential to achieve whatever ideals we may have for ourselves, our lives, our careers, our families, and our running. But it isn't as simple as a wish or idea. It's not as easy as sitting at a computer, paying for a race and printing out a training plan.
It's about falling in love with the grind.
Achieving your dreams doesn't happen inside of your comfort zone. It doesn't happen by hitting the snooze button, replying "X can't go" on an invite, or saying the word no. Memories are made and growth happens when you take that chance. When you run a new route, with a new group, or go for that new distance. When you give it a shot, because you're tired of saying maybe one day.
October was living my maybe one day. And I'll tell you what. Achieving your dreams IS. SCARY.
When you tow the line (or stand waaaaaaaay in the back of corral E) on race day, and you look around. Everyone looks so calm and collected. Everyone looks like they are more prepared then you. Like they trained harder and will run faster and do better then you. And you feel nervous and scared. But there's a great chance they're looking around thinking the exact same thing about you.
"Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death." - Harold Wilson.
I encourage you next month to fall in love with the grind again. Fall in love with early mornings, long miles, dirty shoes, salty skin and tired legs. Fall in love with the sound of the leaves crunching under your feet. Your warm breath in the light of your headlamp on those dark mornings. The chilled air on your cheeks. Fall in love with knowing that no matter how fast or how far you're going, you're grinding on. And thats what makes you a runner.
Here's to another month of goals and memories.
Run Long. Fall in love with the grind.