Why in the world would a 53 year old guy who hates running decide to run a marathon? And how does this relate to sales?
(TLDR at the end of the page)
People make changes for many reasons...
In November of 2021, I went to go visit my endocrinologist. He treats me for my Type 2 Diabetes, and my thyroid disease. To say I have mismanaged my diabetes care for years is an understatement. I don't have foot or eye problems, but my a1c is like a rollercoaster. I have ranged from a good of 5.5 to a really bad of 9. Every time I get to the high range, I promise Dr. Blank (that is his real name), that I will improve. "Please don't put me on Insulin"
In November, he told me that I was going to have to go on Insulin. I hit 7.9, and I wasn't doing what I need to do. This was his tough love intervention. Again, I begged him to give me three months to get my s#it together. He doubted that I could do it, but after some real begging, he relented...on the condition that if I do not get my numbers down, I would have no argument anymore.
So, for the month of December, I didn't do jack. I was a little depressed, still unemployed, and quite honestly, felt that this was inevitable.
So New Years Eve happened. I sat at a friends house with a bunch of people and glanced at my cell phone. The Detroit Free Press Marathon sent me an email telling me that I could now sign up for the Freep International Marathon. I had run the half marathon in 2013, and that was a major commitment for me. I was also 9 years younger....and at my age, you start thinking of all the things you will never be able to do in your life...and running a marathon is one of those things that are harder to do as you get older.
So on new years day, I decided to sign up for the marathon, but I didn't tell anyone. It was a spur of the moment thing, and I still was going to hedge my bet....I could always back out as long as nobody knew. Not a great start.
So on the 5th of January, I started my quest, still not sure if I was up for the task. I couldn't run 1 mile..only .93 miles...at a blistering 13 minute mile pace. Not exactly giving confidence that I can do over 26 miles. In fact, I was deflated.
The rest of the week, I ran a mile a day, and it got a little easier, and my times got a little better. Weekly, I would start to push myself...Ran further each week...got better shoes (it's all about the shoes), started putting my stats on a google sheet...And then I did the crazy. I started telling everyone what I was doing.
January 5, 2022 -
SO WHAT IS MY POINT?
If you want to lose weight, or you want to be healthier, you are better off to find other goals to get you there. I cannot will my body to get a better a1c, nor can I will my body to lose weight.
I can will my body to run 5 times a week. If I do that, those two other goals will be achieved.
Carpe Diem, Bitches!
TLDR: If you want to make a large change in your life or your business,
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