The Battle Begins!
A Call to Arms:
So spring is right around the corner and I am looking forward to training for the Wild Ones 50K trail run in Duluth. So far the only ones committed are Tony Thoma and myself. We are looking for a few good men to join us so if you have interest let me know. A team of 4 would be great. For added incentive we are using it as a little family get away and will be taking a three day weekend to do some sightseeing up there with our wives and kids. The race takes place on October 19th which is MEA weekend.
When you first stop and look at the magnitude of taking on a challenge like this and consider that just two years ago a 5k race was difficult for me it makes one a little hesitant. It would be easy to quit. I find it very easy to sleep in or to watch TV in the evening and skip a workout. I think that it is much easier to fail in life than it is to succeed. If I can succeed at this then the question becomes what can’t I accomplish with a little hard work
“Dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you’re willing to pay the price. The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall” -Vince Lombardi-
What if I hit mile 20 and can’t go any farther? What if I injure myself in training and can’t even begin the race? What if I get scared? What if I finish last? What if I lack the mental toughness to overcome the pain? These are the fears that flow through my mind along with countless others. What most of you don’t know about me is I have a lot of anxiety and fear that cripples me on a daily basis. Yesterday was particularly challenging for me. It is hard to succeed when often time you become paralyzed by anxiety and fear….what I have to realize is:
“Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, just like your soul prospers.” -3 John 2
God wants us to succeed in this life and the next. All too often I find that I am held back by my fears and lack of confidence. I embark on this journey to challenge my fears. They say that our fears form a prison that confines us and the less fear we have the more power we have. I like to think of this a little differently. I like to focus on faith rather than fear. The more faith we have the more powerful a witness we become. The verse that I have lettered on my bathroom wall that I read and imbed into my subconscious every morning is:
Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” -Joshua1:9
Make the Mind Run the Body:
The key to this race as is with any “race” in life is that the mind has to run the body. One thing I have noticed thus far about my training partner tony is that he has an incredibly tough mind. He can will his body to go beyond what his body tells him he is capable of and is a true inspiration. At Team Uppercut we train physically so that we have the energy to knock out life’s challenges. I am learning that even the fittest of individuals will eventually reach a challenge that needs the mind to overcome what the body is telling it. Some of us need that more than others. When my anxiety hits its peak I find that I can control it with exercise. Hard physical exercise is the only natural “medicine” I have found to be of help but I can only fully overcome it with the power of my mind…
“Now if you are going to win any Battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.” -George S. Patton-
and the strength of my faith….
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war rise up against me, yet I will be confident. -Psalm 27: 1, 3
This race will be a training session for the strength of my faith and my mind. I will embark on this journey and surface stronger both mentally, physically, and spiritually. My mind will begin to run my body…not my fears or my anxiety. Do your fears or anxiety run your body? Do you need to strengthen your faith and your mental fortitude? If so then join us in our journey to overcome…..to persevere…..to salvation!