Never Give Up


We go through stretches in life where, regardless of how well we plan and in spite of our best intentions, things just don’t go our way. I planned on running a lot this week, but I haven’t been able to hit the road for one reason or another. Every morning, I tell myself, “Finally. We get to start again this afternoon,” and then something comes up that keeps me from running. The good news for me is that I’m in pretty good shape, so all I’m really losing right now is speed, and since I already took my APFT for the year, that’s not as troubling. I was making some serious and solid progress, though, in both speed and distance. That stinks. But what I know I will be able to do is get right back into it. It’ll take 2-3 weeks to get my speed and distance back, but that’s okay.

I won’t let life getting in the way of my runs get me down. I won’t let this be the end of my running. I can’t. I won’t allow this to make me sad or depressed. I take my frustration and turn it into determination. Tonight, when I get home from work, I WILL run. I WILL get out there. And if I can’t? I’ll set my mind to do it again tomorrow.

Keep in mind, I’m not finding stupid reasons to not run, the worst of which is, “I just don’t feel like doing it.” My reasons have been schedule conflicts, injury, and weather. Anything less than that, and I’d have been out there. So, tonight, I’ll be out there running around the little lake in front of my house. I’ll run my 3 miles minimum, and after that, I’ll have a shower, some dinner, and then some time with some fellow Soldiers.

Never allow yourself to give up. Even if your plan or schedule is delayed, keep trying to get at it. It’s the person who perseveres that accomplishes the mighty and those who give up get nowhere.

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