First, I want to give a shout out to a good friend who was recently involved in a serious accident on the east coast. Please know that we are thinking about you and praying for a very speedy recovery!!!!
Wow! It feels like forever since I have written anything. Life has been, shall we say, HECTIC!
Between Stampede, running, house-selling, house-hunting, wedding planning, vacation planning, work and raising a kid, I can barely find a minute to think it seems! Truth-be-told, I LOVE being busy and when I have to multi-task I find I’m at my best (for the most part.)
So, needless to say, I have found the last few weeks hard to stay motivated in the realm of running. I found myself falling back into excuses of not having time; too many things on the go, basically finding everything I can in order not to Run. After completing the half, I sort of felt a little lost without another goal. I mean, I have the mud hero in August which looks terrifyingly-scary…but I just find it hard to keep going. I feel unmotivated.
Okay. Here is the real story. You know that I’m superstitious, I believe in Ghosts and I totally believe that everything happens for a reason. Well, for the past week, the show “Keeping Up Appearances” has been on; which is weird because it’s a super old BBC show and as far as I knew only on DVD. Anyway, we are also in the middle of trying to sell our place. In an effort to “clean” things out, I started going through old files. I dropped some stuff on the floor and this neatly folded script came out. Well, it wasn’t a script after all, it was the eulogy for my Uncle who passed suddenly in March 2009 (just two months after I moved to Calgary, AB.) He used to LOVE the show “Keeping up Appearances..” coincidence? I think not. Anyway, I read the eulogy and I’ll spare you most of the details, but it was a tremendous boost at a time when I needed it. Isn’t it weird the places we find comfort and motivation? But he was hilarious. A fantastic story-teller. And a “good ear” when I needed to spill my guts about whatever it was at the time. But in reading some parts of the eulogy (which also included a portion of a humorous column he was writing on exercising and the fact that he “never liked nor took part in anything that resembled organized exercise…”) I could hear him from years ago when I would be complaining about not getting faster at running after working so hard at it. I will spare you his “colourful” expressions, but he snapped me back to reality (and I kept running.)
It goes without saying that I believe that all of this happened at the exact moment I needed it to. And now I’m ready to start back at it. And you know what I’m thinking? I’m considering a marathon, yes, MARATHON training! I have no idea if I’d really like to do one. But I do know that I’d like to give it the good old college try.
The best part of this story is that if Uncle Donnie was here, he’d probably be thinking up an exaggerated story to tell people about how he inspired his niece to run a marathon. The truth is, he probably wouldn’t have been too far off.
As the words say… his passing left a very big ache in our hearts. Thanks for the laughs & encouragement!