*This is the final post in a five-post series on my quest to complete the Rock ‘n Roll San Diego Marathon on June 3, 2012.
Everyone says it is about the journey. That it is the steps along the way that matter. And as I get set to embark on this incredibly daunting and insane journey, I think that it is only partially correct. I think the destination matters too. If it didn’t, why else would people strive to cross a finish line and get a medal slipped around their necks. Why else would Eli Manning come back and try to win another Super Bowl? The journey is absolutely incredible and we remember the paths we took, but the destination matters too.
These are the shoes that will take me from the starting line to the finish line.
My journey to San Diego has been a bit checkered to say the least.
And enduring multiple leg cramps (mostly while sleeping) for the first time in my life
But that is the journey I took. And it is what will fuel me when I wake up at three in the morning on Sunday to eat, drink coffee, wake up and get into the zone. It is what will give me the boost at mile 20 when every muscle and bone and every fiber of my being will want to quit. It is remembering the pain and sacrifice that I have gone through.
And when I cross that finish line, I will remember every person who has encouraged me along the way. It’s about my best friend and brother who is running it with me. It is about his wonderful fiancé. It is his family. It is about my family and my parents who are flying all the way from Iowa to experience it with me. It is Nathanael. It is my friends at VaynerMedia. It is my friends back at the USTA. It is Jason and David and Eric and Todd and Steph and Marcus and each of you who has encouraged me on this journey.
It will be the journey and you will all be with me at the destination.
Selected Life Lesson
Life is too short. Embrace the ones close to you. Play hard and make the most out of it.
-Kendra O’s Life Lesson from Cedar Rapids, Iowa
There are two lessons on this weekly Life Lesson. First is to embrace the ones close to you. I have written about love a lot and even made a video about it. The lesson I really want to talk about this week is the second part: making the most out of life.
Tomorrow, I am on my way to San Diego. It is going to be painful and long. It will be challenging but also gratifying. I am sure I will hurt for days, even weeks afterwards, but with my family there (and my best friend) I will not only be embracing those I love, but also making the most out of life.
I was not born a runner. When it comes to athletics, I’m not quite sure what I was born, but I started as a baseball player and transformed into a pretty decent tennis player. After my back injury, I had to find something new. I picked running. And so I ran, and ran, and ran some more. All told, I’m a bit of 1,000 miles and that is just the runs I have tracked. The first year of running I didn’t use a tracking system.
When I first started running, it was quite the struggle. I couldn’t run very far even though it felt like I was running far.
As I began my final semester of college in the fall of 2005, I had been working out pretty regularly for nine months and I decided that my goal for the semester would be to be able to run five miles straight through before I graduated. It was a very slow process.
Remember how hard it was to run the mile in middle and high school? It was brutal. Four laps around that track! Are you kidding me?
But at my school’s indoor track at the recreation center, five miles required 45 laps.That is a lot of circles to nowhere.
The start of chasing the goal was simply figuring out what I actually wanted. Then it was about making it happen. That required me to run and run and run. A little bit more each and every week. It’s the same way I trained for my half-marathon and the full marathon I am tackling next weekend.
It is the same thing for anything you decide you want to do.
You figure out what you want,
make a plan and execute against it.
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