Just a little patience….

We are now in North Carolina visiting my parents. So I’ve added running in Illinois and North Carolina in the last week. And a short hike in TN as we took the kids through the Great Smoky Mountains.  (Our 1/2 mile hike up to Clingman’s Dome made it clear to me that Leadville and Western States are never in my future!)

My runs as of late have resulted in some major blisters on my right foot – and I’m clearly pushing the limits of what my little cross-trainers can accomplish. I’m counting the days till we get home and I can hit Fit2Run for a new pair of running shoes. But in the meantime, I’m willing to risk a few blisters to keep up my runs. I’m not really pushing for any long runs – I’ve learned the limits of my moleskin and band-aid fixes – but I’ve managed to work on my pace a bit and keep the legs working.

As I was running this morning – I was considering how impatient I am for new shoes….and for more weight loss….and for my official training plan to start….and for my pace to improve…and for my long runs to get longer….and for the Disney weekend…..and and….you get the picture.

Yet about 1/2 a mile later – I realized how many good things come with a bit of patience and time.  I know I know – old cliche. But so true. Here I am just about 6 months from when I started Couch to 5K and I’m powering through nasty blisters to make sure I get in 3 miles this morning.  Really?  When did that happen?  Well – not overnight that’s for sure. It has taken lots of miles – and sweat and patience – to get to this point. And the same is true for the next steps….I want them to come fast – but the reality is that it takes time.

So as I made it towards home, I considered all the ways that I’ve come pretty far since I’ve been running…..the fact that I feel more fit (even if the scale disagrees) and that my clothes fit better (mostly) and that I have more stamina and energy.  My mental focus has improved so much in the last few months. Not necessarily gaining IQ points – but certainly slowing the loss of neurons!

You sometimes have to sit back and take a long view of what you’ve done….and where you’ve come from. And so far – it seems like I’m definitely on a good path.  So I need to keep in mind one of my favorite quotes to put on my syllabi for my college students:

A lot of people want a shortcut. I find the best shortcut is the long way, which is basically two words: work hard.    — Randy Pausch