Invisible Scripts

One of the main Invisible scripts in my own life was the crazy idea of running anything over a mile. Who wanted to ever do that? Nut jobs, that’s who. Then a few years ago I was walking back up a few flights of stairs to my cubicle and I was completely out of breath. That little bit of exertion had me huffing and puffing and sweating like you wouldn’t believe. I felt like it was so bad that I had to go to the bathroom to wash my face and catch my breath. It was really because I was too embarrassed to have my coworkers see me like this. I had always thought of myself as a healthy person. A person who had played sports his entire life. On a his day I realized I had been sorely mistaken.

I realized I needed to change so I challenged my coworker to run a local 10k race. I started out only being able to run maybe a mile but I worked at it a few times a week. I sought the advice of a friend who was a runner and they helped me find a plan. I stuck to that plan even if I had to walk the number of miles it suggested. After over two months of training I was able to complete my first 10k in under an hour and beat my coworker.

Since then I’ve went on to run four half marathons, a full marathon, and completed a Tough Mudder competition.  Next year’s goal is to complete my second marathon and a half Ironman.  To complete both of them is no different from what I had to do to complete my first 10k which consisted of finding people who can help, find a plan, and stick with the plan even if it means slowing down to complete your daily goal.