A few weeks ago I announced I was going to run the LA Marathon in March 2014 and had joined the Team In Training organization to help raise money to beat cancer. The most common question I’ve been asked since going public is “why”?
There are some very logical reasons I could share like better health, personal achievement and to help people. All very superficial but none the less true and maybe even admirable.
The real answer to “why” is much harder to explain. The truth is it makes no sense for me to take on this challenge. My life is crazy busy and as much as I try to stay ahead of the everyday demands I mostly feel two steps behind and like I’m not doing well enough. I’m not a natural runner either. It takes a tremendous amount of emotional and physical effort for me to run. I also just learned from Coach Ed that my form is bad and I’m too tense. Imagine that! He says I’ve got to change that or I’ll really struggle over the longer distances.
So “why” do this? Because my gut tells me I need to. Beyond that I just can’t articulate why now. I feel like this is something I need to do and I need to do it now. I have a feeling the future will answer the rest of the “why” question in time. The older I get the more I learn to trust my gut. Intuition is priceless and I’ve learned the hard way when ignored there are consequences.
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