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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Get Through it

It was a rainy morning.  The alarm went off and I got up, went through the ritual of brushing teeth, putting on workout clothes and tying back hair, then I went downstairs and laid on the sofa to listen to the rain. I fell asleep.  When the kitchen light went on, because Ted was getting ready to workout, I went back upstairs, got under the comforter and fell asleep once again while listening to the rain. 
I love listening to the rain but never allow myself time to stay in bed and enjoy it.  This morning I did. There were no regrets about missing a workout. It was wonderful getting a couple of extra hours sleep while enjoying the lullaby of raindrops.
Tuesday afternoon, as much as I hate running late in the day, I got in that 70 minute run, as scheduled.  The workout was 30 minutes easy running then 20 minutes at steady pace (7:20) and finally back to 20 minutes of easy running.    I didn't feel on top of the world after my run but mentally, I felt accomplished. 

A meaningful quote:
Winning has nothing to do with racing. Most days don’t have races anyway. Winning is about struggle and effort and optimism, and never, ever, ever giving up. By Amby Burfoot, The Runner’s Guide to the Meaning of Life
Sometimes we are faced with scary situations. Situations we volunteered for (a marathon) and some we didn’t (like SURGERY!). In either case, we need to find a way to face them head on, get ourselves through the nervousness and doubt and progress forward. We know the outcome won’t always be what we want but in the end, at least we can say we got through it and didn’t turn and run.

I had a Park Saddlebred long ago, her name was Cari. She was gorgeous but a bit on the wild side. Most of the time, the trainer showed her. Once in a while, I mustered up the courage and went in the ring. After suffering through bouts of rearing
rearing horse
(which is much more dangerous than bucking),
bucking horse
you can imagine my anxiety level when going into the show ring on Cari.
I was able to continue riding to compete by reading a few inspirational quotes. These are the ones that helped the most.
Determination: Determination turns obstacles into opportunities.
*Cari showed in Park classes and won on several occasions. She was too pretty not to be noticed.
Jo and Cari
Persistence: Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not. Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not. Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not. The world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
*Maybe you’ve seen those words of inspiration from successories
This one is my favorite.
A dream is a daring adventure. A journey to carry you far. For when you can hold a dream in your heart, you surely can reach any star!
A dream is a beautiful vision that looks beyond what you can see. Then lifts you and guides you and grows strong inside you to help you to be all you can be.
A dream is your door to tomorrow. A secret reflection of you. A threshold that leads to a wonderful future where nothings to good to be true.
Do you have a favorite quote? Words of inspiration?
Do you constantly put yourself in situations that fill you with anxiety and stress?

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