It’s funny how when you run a lot, running a lot ain’t no big thing.
Back before I knew I was a runner, it seemed almost impossible to even think about running an entire mile without stopping. Mile by mile, run by run. It’s no longer impossible.
I was doing my short run around the neighborhood today.
Its about two miles, a perfect run when you’re short on time or just ramping up for the season.
It got me thinking about how I used think running was so hard. How this thinking it was so hard, stopped me from trying. Stopped me from the making it easy.
Once I passed the one mile barrier, six miles became the next obstacle.
I used to say to myself and out loud to anyone who would listen “I wish I could be one of those people who just loves to go run six miles.”
I would say it as if ‘those people’ were some kind of crazy people. Die hard. Someone different from me.
Yet as I said it, I would unintentionally imagine me doing it. Loving it. I’d see the picture of me, running six miles. Often in the rain.
“And that which you manifest is before you.” -The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein
As I was thinking about which distances are easy or hard, I had a sudden flashback to all those years ago when I used to wonder about those people who loved running six miles.
I have no idea. It was just random number at the time. Although the fact that 36 is my favorite number may have contributed. I could have easily picked people who love to run three miles, or seven. I picked six.
I was hit with the realization that I now tell people my favorite distance to run is six miles.
It’s far enough that you have to pace yourself. You can’t go out to fast. You have to be patient. It’s not to long enough that you have to plan your day around it.
Coincidence? Maybe? But ask yourself, what are you manifesting right now. Intentionally or unintentionally? What fears are leading you to you?
“Resist the temptation to base today’s decisions upon today’s facts and circumstances, which are little more than what remains of yesterday’s decisions. Instead, base them upon the facts and circumstances as they will inevitably be once your dreams have already come true. Once you’re already deep in friends, laughter, health and harmony. Once your dreams ‘ain’t no big thang’, honey” -Mike Dooley, Notes from the Universe