Yep… I did it. I’m not even finished my Bachelors Degree. Only two classes away from graduating and I’m setting new goals. That’s me! In a effort to get back into shape, I took on the challenge of running 1000 miles in the year 2016.
See, I’m the type of person, who sets a goal without thinking about how I’m going to get there. I do that a lot nowadays. I actually try to set goals that scare me or make me uncomfortable. I did that when I accepted the invitation to run my first marathon a couple of years ago. I mean seriously… we only get one shot at living this life, right? We don’t get to come back and do it all again, so why waste time and precious life doing things that don’t blow past the confines of our safety zone.
But, before you go thinking that I’m some renegade who had always pushed boundaries, I must say that it wasn’t always this way. Frankly speaking, in the past I’ve been the guy who either wouldn’t try or the guy who didn’t set a goal because it scared me or I just didn’t want to work that hard. Even though I knew and everyone else knew I had the ability and wherewithal to go above and beyond.
This tendency went all the way back to grade school. My teachers had to stay on me. My mom had to push me. Guidance counselors admonished me to take things seriously and go after what I wanted. I had many great teachers, who cared so much about helping me see and reach my potential. In fact, one teacher who I love dearly to this very day used to tell me, “Get out the gym, Sam” or “Go to class, Sam”. Her voice still rings in my head today. But, I love her for it. The problem was, I didn’t want much. I had no passion.
Well, let’s fast forward to today. I’m a couple of months away from completing my Bachealoreate Program in Small Business and Entrepreneurship. I’m in the process of obtaining my real estate license in MD and I’m planning to go to law school in the near future!!! A complete 180° turn from being a knucklehead. There’s no more time to waste. There are things I want out of life and the only one that’s going to achieve them for me, is me… as long as the good Lord gives me grace and continues to shine his mercy down on me.
So, in the spirit of being an example to my own kids by setting and working towards BIG goals, I decided to work towards this particular goal. I saw it late last year and was contemplating on doing it as I wanted to get back into shape and run a couple of longer distances races by the end of this year. I kept seeing this gold medal with a red heart. It looked really cool and i thought it would be an awesome addition to my medal collection. It was the #eBibs I LOVE TO RUN Challenge. There were 2 options. The first was to work out for 100 days in 2016 and the second was to run/walk 1000 miles in 2016.
During the holidays it kept popping up on my Facebook timeline. It was quite intriguing. So, I said to myself that if I was going to do something, do it BIG.
On Dec 31, 2015, I signed up and made the commitment. I don’t know how I’m going to do it or if I’m going to make it. But I will put my best foot forward in this effort. In sales, there’s a saying that goes like this… “How do you eat an elephant?” The answer? “One bite at a time.”
So that’s the way I’m approaching this endeavor. I’m going to be steady, I’m going to be consistent and I’m going to reach that thousand mile mark. That’s the way I’m approaching this task, that’s the way I’m approaching life.