I have taken on the positive mindset that I have a goal and nothing will stop me from achieving that goal. If I have a bad run its okay, I will focus on what good came from the run. Maybe I wanted to quit but I pushed myself to finish. Whatever the outcome I am only going to focus on the positive’s that came from the workout. Today for example I ran at the hottest point of the day and was struggling. I wanted to slow down and walk, but instead I made myself push through until the end. It may have not been my best run time wise but, I stayed positive and finished. I can already see a difference in just a little over 2 weeks of Columbus training. I have ran faster and I feel great. Before I start my run I take a few minutes to clear my head and then I am off. As I run I think of things that will motivate me along the way. I tell myself the body is stronger than the mind when I want to give in. I am slowly starting to transform into a person that was content with just finishing into the person that needs more. If there is 20,000 people in a race that is 20,000 people that are in my way and they can either step aside or follow me.
Another thing that has helped tremendously is the twitter community. There as so many people with a story to tell of inspiration. People that started from nothing and built themselves into hard working machines. After my last marathon I was down on myself for not doing good, the support I got from people I never even met was overwhelming. Tweets telling me to "hang in there" and "shake it off" made be realize I couldn't give up. I want to do better to show them their kind words really made a difference. Blogs also help me stay positive, Kim from This Runners Fuel always keeps a positive attitude and she is going for the same goal as me in Columbus. Every Monday I check her blog for a motivational quote. Her attitude is never quit, and I commend her for that. Also my wife has inspired me to do better. My wife has flirted with the gym here and there but has never made it a priority. Recently she has started the 24 day challenge is she is just going ape shit. She is at the gym before work every day and we are both eating way better than we ever have. I look at her positive attitude and how she has changed and I am inspired to also do better. I am very proud of her.
Remember don't worry about anyone else. Stay focused on yourself. If someone tries to pull you down brush them off. If you fall get back up. If you think big, dream big, believe big, the results will be big. Do not be afraid to be great!!!!
I have to wish my friend Greg Rudolph good luck who will be fighting Saturday night in his debut MMA match. Greg's daughter fought and beat cancer and he has donated all of his ticket sales and t-shirt sales to the make a wish foundation. I will not be able to attend the fight since I will be filming my 48 hr. film competition that day, but I will be wearing my shirt in support. I picked up my shirt today from his house and he looks in great shape and I am sure he is going to put on a show.