Looks like I need an MBA extension for an OMP, because I am too far behind...
Some mornings I think, this is as hard as it has ever been...
And by the evening I think, this isn't too bad...
Tonight, though, I am thinking this is the hardest it has been in a long while...
Shoes... very important during a marathon...
But I always had 4-6 pairs on the go, and I rarely fretted about them...
Edmonton Marathon, 18 km in, I realized the shoes I had were not the right ones, and the marathon was all but lost. The first and last time for this mistake- none the less- I sat down on a curb, took off the shoes, took a deep breath, and started walking in my socks.
~500 m later I sat at a park bench and slowly talked myself into running the half marathon, then packing up the day. I put on the shoes that were meant for rainy short runs, and I trotted.
By 19.5 km I saw the turn into the chute and I said, this is it: Now is the moment you spend the rest of your life as a quitter. So I committed to failing on the full instead of taking the half, and I turned left away from the chute to the finish line.
It was an ugly race, with a dismal chip time and a lot of blisters. I recovered slowly. But I finished. And so it goes with my MBA.
Some people are done their OMP, or near done.
I am not.
I am starting. But this is not a helpful use of my precious time. Focus on the next step, take a run to it, get as far in the next step as possible. Focus, compartmentalize, parse out the next piece. Don't dwell and commiserate.
Not many have understanding of the struggle unless they have been in it or are in it. Hard to explain marathon running to a non-runner. Hard to explain twin boys to someone without experience with children. Hard to explain the OMP to most people.
So, I quietly march, into the next step...
Dieter Wentzel, CPHR