While out on my run this morning I thought about how often I lack enthusiasm when I first begin, not just running but many tasks and activities I know I should be doing. Sometimes, I don’t get my “first wind” until 2 or 3 miles into the run. I recently started using the Nike Running App to track my distances. The nice little lady inside my phone likes to tell me how fast I ran each mile. So far, she hasn’t busted out laughing at my slowness so I guess I’ll keep listening to her.
I really am a slow runner. On long runs, I average somewhere between 12 or 13 minute miles. The last few times I’ve gone running I’ve observed the autumn leaves blowing down the road in front of me and this thought has crossed my mind. The leaves are like my pace car. I watch them dancing energetically along in front of me and I’m inspired to keep moving too.
I’m content being a slower runner. I’ve learned that what matters most is to decide to run, to put on my shoes, and to show up at the starting line.
“In running, it doesn’t matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, ‘I have finished.’ There is a lot of satisfaction in that.” -Fred Lebow,
This morning as I thought about how often in life motivation and inspiration lag behind us, it brought to mind a post I wrote a couple of years ago. I read it again when I got home from my run today. Perhaps you need this reminder today too. Maybe you need to be the pace car today. Maybe inspiration is lagging behind and you need to put on your shoes and lead it down the path.
A Walk with Inspiration
I took a walk with Inspiration
His stride, much shorter than mine today
His gaze, drawn to all the yellow dandelions poking through the grass
I call to him, “Come now, Inspiration,
catch up, it’s getting late.”
His little steps quicken
emerges from the blades
and wriggles across the path
Inspiration giggles and crouches down to watch
I turn, and call again
“This way, Inspiration,
we’re running out of time.”
He bends down lower
his cheek brushes the earth
he waves good-bye to his friend
jumps up and continues along the path
“Amateurs look for inspiration; the rest of us just get up and go to work” ~Chuck Close
“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” ~Jack London