I haven’t been posting much lately, but an idea has been percolating since I read The Oatmeal’s amazing comic The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances (which if you haven’t read yet, click on that link now, then come back) on Monday morning. It’s a great comic that really describes why I run (and I’m sure why many of us run), but something about it nagged at my brain.
Just like Matt I’m running from “The Blerch.” I’ve been running from the 300 lb kid I was in High School and early college for a long time, but I’m not that kid anymore, and that kid isn’t coming back. Sure I have my ups and downs and lazy periods (I’m sure we all do) , but in the end I’m gonna get out and run, not out of fear of my old self returning, but because I have goals that I want to achieve. I want to qualify for Boston, I want to feel in full control of my body, I want to challenge myself to always move forward.
Sure, The Blerch will always be there, as a glimpse of myself in the mirror with a body I’m not happy about, an occasion of self-doubt, an excuse for laziness or a lapse in willpower, but that part of me doesn’t define me. I am a husband, an actor, a personal trainer (in training) and a runner (among many other things), not a Blerch. The weakness in my past doesn’t define me, I define (and redefine) myself through my actions every day.
I’m a big comic book geek, and recently I came across Adam Thompson’s “Heroic Words Of Wisdom“, basically a bunch of inspirational quotes from superhero comics. One of them, the one for The Flash (The Fastest Man Alive!), describes the mentality I work to have both as a runner:
I might not always have the clearest path towards my goal, but as long as I work towards that goal, I’m outrunning my Blerch, and I don’t have to pay him any mind.
Pistorious taking part in the Landsmót ungmennafélags Íslands in Kópavogur, Iceland, the largest sporting event in Iceland.
(C) Elvar Pálsson
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Alison and Tim Delgado and their inspiring journey, saying that it would be the start of a series about people who inspire me. There are a plethora of stories I’ve read in Runner’s World and elsewhere that I could draw on, but a picture I saw on Reddit compelled me to write about South African Olympian and double amputee Oscar Pistorius. Continue reading
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Today I’m starting a new series about people who inspire me. Most of the time this is likely going to be someone that reminds me what I’m attempting to achieve, and that any achievement is possible with hard work. This will usually be someone in the public eye, be it a runner, an athlete, an actor, a politician, even a fictional character (odds are there will be a Batman or Flash post sooner or later). From time to time I will discuss those who inspire me in my day to day life, like my wonderful girlfriend Alysha, who is always supporting me in my goals while fighting for her own; or my Dad who at 71 is regularly going on hikes and long (and I do mean long) bike rides. Inspiration is everywhere, but most people don’t tend to focus on it, they tend to focus on the distractions that are keeping them from their goals.
Alison Delgado competes in the 2012 Flying Pig Marathon
Image (C) Mayfield Clinic Blog
Today’s inspirations are Dr. Alison Delgado and her Husband Tim. Alison was the focus of a story by Nancy Averett in the June 2012 issue of Runner’s World magazine. She recovered from a nearly life ending injury in October 2010 to run a new PR at the 2012 Flying Pig Marathon on May 6th. See their story and why it inspires me after the break. Continue reading