first time

28 01 2008

Today for the first time since starting this journey, I questioned myself. Why the heck am I doing this? We only ran 2 miles this morning, and as we were approaching the 2 mile mark, I thought to myself, “I am only 1/13 done with a marathon”. I know I am not the only one to question themselves, however it was a tad bit discouraging.

Anyone else question themselves when starting out with a goal?




5 responses

28 01 2008
Tim Wilson

I question myself all the time. In fact, every time I run I feel like I can’t do it for the first mile, the second mile gets a bit better, and then after that I am usually good to go – until I get into the really high mileage – like over 12. I think running is just as much, if not more a mental battle than a physical battle.

Stick to it – you will get past it – you have done the half before – you can do the half again…… think in smaller sections. Once you get to the half then start thinking about the full. If I thought about the full now, I know I couldn’t do it…. but I know I can do the Half!

Keep strong!

28 01 2008
Eric Gervase

Totally natural. In fact, I’d worry about you if you didn’t question yourself. Your on the right track. One day at a time buddy.

About halfway through the marathon training I did last year, I was pretty beaten down and totally irritable (so says my wife, and I believe her). It goes in spurts. This time next week your gonna be telling us how amazing the workouts are…

29 01 2008
Ben Langstraat

Hey Tim! I remember you were a pretty good athlete back in high school. I don’t think I ever saw you play, but I remember that you accomplished a lot of things. At least that’s what it seemed like. Of course, I probably heard about your exploits from the Schwambs and they love you so much they might have exaggerated a bit. But I don’t think so. Besides, anybody that plays all those sports must have been really athletic.
Anyway, I just wanted to let you know I just got your email and am excited for you. I would encourage you, too, to just think about what you are doing today. It doesn’t really matter why, just that you are finishing your 2 miles today and staying on course with your routine. If you do, it won’t matter why you did it, you’ll just be there doing it, finishing your marathon.

30 01 2008

Thanks Ben! Your comment was a good reminder to take things a day at time. It’s a policy that I try to live by in life and I need to move it to running as well. If I look to far forward almost any goal can become overwhelming. Thanks again!

3 02 2008
Stacy Snow

Hey, 2 miles is a big deal! Thats something to feel good about.

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