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Reality is in the mind of the believer

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re·al·i·ty
rēˈalətē
noun

1. the world or the state of things as they actually exist, as
opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them.

The book definition of reality. Yup – spot on. I think there’s a moment between moments where reality merges with other things such as belief. And in my opinion, during training and races reality is in the mind of the believer.

be·lief
biˈlēf/
noun

1.an acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists.

2. trust, faith, or confidence in someone or something

#1 under belief lines up with the definition of reality. When I say belief it’s not in the religious sense of belief (although I’ve been known to pray quite a bit during training and racing), but instead the belief that something extraordinary can and will happen. I think this statement lines up with #2 under belief.

My reality is that at the end of April I will do something I’ve never attempted. 1) I will run races on back-to-back weekends; and 2) these races are both half marathons. I’ve been training and have come a long way; and unlike some previous races. I’m not over-trained or (G-d forbid) injured. If anything I’m a bit under-trained. However mentally I am on solid ground. I’ve gotten thru races just because I’ve believed I could. True, I didn’t complete the Disney marathon in January 2013, but that was because I faced the reality that I wasn’t going to finish with an injured hip combined with incredible heat temps. I made the right call.

I’m looking forward to this challenge. Granted I’m nervous beyond belief (hahaha – couldn’t resist that one), but if I run smart races then I’ll be able to finish them both. And then I’ll have to face the other reality — this is gonna hurt, especially on the Monday after the second race, but it’ll be a great accomplishment.

I believe and that’s the reality I’m taking in to these races! So to quote a recent post I made after a hard, but completed as planned TM interval workout — “there is no spoon.”

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