Do you ever think this when running, or even thinking of examples outside of running do you ever think you can’t go the extra mile to complete a task ? Should the word “can’t” be replaced with the word “won’t” ?
I am yet to return home from a run or cross the finishing line in a race in such a state which means i could not have continued a little longer, maybe not keeping the same pace but definitely could have taken a few more steps, moved a few more meters, or completed an extra mile. I did this the other day when i ran 26 miles, i thought to myself “is there anything so bad that is stopping you doing another 8 km in order to reach your first Ultra goal ?” – the answer was definitely “no”, which gives me the confidence to know i will do 50km next year.
Here’s a guy who agrees with me, he found the strength to get across the finish line when it looked like all was lost !
This is what sometimes whizzes through my head when running, i may be sweating a lot, i may be breathing heavy, i may have other things i want to do, but this is all in my head, when i move my mind to focus on my hips, legs and feet, i find they are still attached to my body, they are still moving, and these are the only tools i need to keep on going. If i continually do this when the going gets tough and i can make gains.
My mother sometimes drive me mad after a race, she will ask me if i completed it. I tell her that even after 42 years of knowing me she still doesn’t fully understand me, i tell her that i would always complete them, even if i were on my hands and knees climbing a hill or crossing the finishing line, i would do whatever i have to in order to finish. Part of the reason for this blog is to force me to do this, i would hate to type up my blog and admit to others that i gave up.
This takes me onto something i recently watched on TV and gave me even more inspiration. When i check if my legs and feet are work, sometimes they will feel tired, but unless they’ve dropped off they can still move. The program i watched showed a man who was born with some disabilities which means his head and legs are facing backwards. What i was amazed at was the fact he still walked, he is literally on his knees, with no help from others, and was able to move himself little by little, at quite a speed, it was amazing to see.