He’s absolutely right and there is no way I can deny it … I’m flinching!
A few weeks ago, I signed up and paid the registration fee for three races – a 7K in March, a half-marathon in April and a full marathon in May. I’ve done the 7K once before and last year, I completed 2 half-marathon. I know I can do those two races.
I am 100 days out from the starting line of the full marathon and I’m already flinching. I’m already anticipating the struggle and pain of mile 14, mile 20 and mile 26. I’m already worried ….
But then I read Justin’s book and this passage stuck with me:
“Remember: no one has a problem with the first mile of a journey. But it isn’t the start that matters. It’s the finish.
Look at the finish line now. It’s far and it seems impossible. You imagine that you weren’t meant for this. You think you’re not strong enough. In a sense, you’re right. You’re quitting before the pain event sets in. You’re quitting out of fear of the flinch.
What you’re missing is that the path itself changes you. You’re weak because you haven’t stepped on the path. When you do, a process will begin. As you climb the mountain, you’ll get stronger. The path itself will toughen you up for the end.
Right now, you just need to start.”
~ from Julien Smith’s The Flinch
I felt the same way when I crossed the starting line for my first half-marathon. In that race, the “path” changed me and I became stronger and crossed that second line completing something I thought I could never do.
I must remember this today, tomorrow and every day. I will get stronger and I will climb this proverbial mountain. The next 100 days won’t be easy.
I will not flinch.
I’ve already started.
This morning I took another step and tomorrow, I’ll take the next step.
And, on May 19, 2012 at 8:15 am … I will cross the first line, step on the path and take an amazing journey to the next line and cross it!
I will not flinch.