Number one is that I am grateful for the health and physique I have been given. Grateful for so many mornings this summer where I could see the sunrise and hear the wind rustle through the green trees. I am grateful for so many good people helping me with advice. So very grateful for my running and biking partner - my wife!
Number two is that I am grateful for the discipline to keep going, the desire to reach a distant goal, and the wrestling with negative feelings and discomfort. Running is not comfortable. It is difficult. The heart beats like you are escaping a bear, or drowning, or having a heart attack. The muscles ache. You feel tired during the run. Your throat gets dry and you get dizzy. A quitter's voice shows up and says "walk for a while, don't worry about pushing yourself."
Number three is that I write to keep myself honest. I have started and stopped lots of diets, and exercise programs in my 45 years of living. Perhaps it is Ego or Pride that is the triggering element here, but I feel it is the good aspect of these things. The motivation I feel is a good motivation. I feel like I would let other people down if I quit - but not if I fail. I don't feel failing would be bad. I think quitting is the ultimate wrong at this time in my life.
Thanks everyone. I hope you are right were you need to be in your training program today. I hope you never quit. And I hope I can be there for you as you have been for me.