Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Let's not blur the lines...

I had been thinking of what to do if I can't keep pace with old Dean and the gang. I even considered bringing a route map in case I had to finish on my own. But, perhaps, having that option might guarantee that I don't make it. Surely I'll feel tired at 14 and think it wise to pace myself based on my self.

So, that idea sucks. Let's not blur the line between success and failure. Moral victories are for losers.

I already know I can slog through a marathon in half a day. I knew this race would be challenging for me, that's why I signed up. I thought I'd have to run a 4:30, which I'm pretty sure I can do. And it turns out, they might run a 4:20, or even 4:10, so if it comes to that, I guess I'll just have to run a 4:10.

Confidence is highly erratic these days. For some reason it's back up today. I ran 4 miles this morning, back on the roads around my home. Just me, my lungs, my sweat, and my two feets.

There have been a lot of ups and downs for me during the course of training for this race, some of which I write about and some of which I wrote and never published. And some published only in hidden messages and carefully chosen music clips.

It's as simple as this: if I get on the bus, know that I've failed. If I finish in time, know that my heart's on fire.

Listening to: Tenacious D - Explosivo (We've come to blow your nose.)

Keith.

12 comments:

Heather said...

You won't have to get on the bus!!! If you end up having to, do not think of it as a failure for you tried!

Keith said...

OMG! Heather, you're blurring the lines! Stop it!

Barbara said...

Mike Brady: As a wise man once said, "Wherever you go, there you are."

Keith said...

I don't think I understand.

Steve Bezner said...

I like the quote Keith, "Moral victories are for losers."

This is a quote I came up with in college: "Your best is not good enough."

Get out there and kick the hell out of that marathon!

Vic said...

Stay positive, Keith!!!

jamoosh said...

Monkey Buddha says:

"Dream - Plan - Work"

Behold the Monkey Buddha.

Jamoosh says:

"Test your resolve. Take the map. Dare not take it out young padawan."

That said, what if something happens along the course that would slow you down, but not prevent you from finishing...

Behold Jamoosh!

Keith said...

No map! No retreat! No plan B!
This is the hill. This is the day.

Will I have a medal? Or, will I have an excuse?

Cassie (TIGGS) said...

so it looks like Dean ran a 4:45 in Overton this morning......

no map--just memorize the course and RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Keith said...

no no no! no memorize! no safety net!

Medal or Bus!

atownrunner said...

run the freakin' race. and keep up, dang it.

Heather said...

If you get on the bus just kill yourself after. You are no good to us anymore after that!!!! hehe~ **ck the line