Thursday, March 31, 2011

Three Things Thursday: Yoda edition

1)  "Much to learn you still have."...  every time I look at my blank April training schedule I have to consider how much I don't know.  It's a freaking. lot.  I have about 18 sources of training plans ~ at least 4 of which are human and GBA.  So while there's a part of me who wants to try this on my own, there's another part of me that knows better....  April is about building the base.

2)  "You will know... when you are calm, at peace, passive...."  I recently spectated the National Marathon.  After I sent the runners off to run their races, I had almost two hours to burn.  I went to my car, sat down, and pouted for a minute about my "lost marathon".  But I had Ethics to read, and thoughts to occupy me, a phone that communicates with e-mail ~ plenty to do for a student.  What I did however was read an excerpt from a book unrelated to Ethics class, and meditate on what I had read.

The passage I read was, essentially, about circumstances in our lives beyond our control, and how we choose to live through them.  As I sat in my beige mini-van I decided ~ "I have a choice.  I will choose to have the Best Day Ever."  And it was.  It didn't go to plan, but then, what does?  It had some rough spots, have you run a marathon?  I could only "do" so much for the girls who were running, as running is a solo sport, but I gave them everything I could.  I made the choice to have a great day, and I did.  I can choose my reaction and my attitude...

3) "No!  Do, or do not.  There is no try." ~ and I have to wonder, don't you think that if Luke had said, "Tri" and not "try", that Yoda would have had a different response?  Of course, maybe Yoda meant Du...   Either way, I'm TRI-ing in May, on my 35th Birthday, thanks to a totally GBA birthday gift from SpeeDee.


Jen said...

Great post! And awesome bday present!

Attitude is everything, finally had a great run on the mill, probably because I wasn't chanting home much I hated it!

Thanks for the reminders!

Anne said...

Thanks! :) Off to have a great day, because I choose to, despite having a %?&*& cold! :)...see, still smiling.

fancy nancy said...

Great post! It is so true....we all have a choice of how to deal with the cards we have been dealt! I'm glad you had a great day and I'm sure it made a lot of people's day to have you there to support them!

Great birthday present!!!

Earth Momma Mer said...

birthdays and tri's seem to go together well. april 17th, my first tri, my 36th birthday. maybe i will join you in may! :)

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Love this post!!! And the perspcetive you gained while in a minivan.. HUGS to Tri-ing, although I will never Tri myself I will never give up :)

Allison said...

This is a great reminder about attitude and perspective! Thanks for sharing!

And a tri sounds like the perfect way to celebrate your birthday!

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

Great attitude!

Sweet Bday gift! I think you'll be great at TRIing.