The secret to success=and then some
I was sitting in my church on Sunday, and this point just struck me as if the pastor was speaking only to me. I suppose since the sermon title was "How to Get the Most Out of Every Day," it really does apply to all of us. In fact, I wonder about people who can hear a sermon about making the most of your life and then get up and go about their day as if nothing at all matters. It all matters.
But before I go off on a tangent, I want to get back to the message above. The secret to success is to do what you are required and then some. I have been really struggling with this mindset as it relates to running and training. It is very easy to run just one more mile in a daily run or to add just one more run to your week. Mostly, I think the majority of people could benefit from doing these things! But I struggle with taking things too far. In this post, I talk about my struggle with anorexia. It began with the exact same approach. If I can eat just this much today, what if I can restrict my eating just as much tomorrow and then some? It was a dangerous, slippery slope.
I lay awake each morning as Rick gets ready for his runs. Today it was 3:30 a.m. when his alarm went off. Tuesday it was 4:00 a.m. I compare it to the "measly" 4:45 time that my alarm is set for on the days I run. "And then some!" this little voice inside me whispers. Rick is running Chicago next month too, and he is aiming for a time only 5 minutes above my goal (a 3:10 to my 3:15). His training program is from Advanced Marathoning, a book that has him running 70 mile weeks with marathon pace long runs. Mine has 50+ mile weeks and slow and easy long runs. "And then some," I think each time I compare our training. Doubt in myself has the ability to cripple me if I will let it, if I let his training affect how I feel about mine. We are all different. We are beautiful creatures created by a wonderful and loving God. Our abilities are different. Just for today, I am not going to let these comparisons weigh me down.
Just for today, I am enough. The talents and strengths He's given me are enough---and then some.