"Begin Again"

I’ve been running for about 10 years.
I’ve run four marathons.
Last year I ran two:
Chicago in October; Las Vegas in December.
Then. I stopped. Running. Completely.
From December to May: nothing.
No winter training. No Shamrock Shuffle, no 5Ks.
I didn’t even walk fast.
This year, I plan to run two marathons:
Kansas City and Dublin.
But first, I have to…begin again.
Tom Courry, of The Next Level leadership training,
teaches a new perspective on failure.
Failure isn’t the end, it’s the beginning of trying again.
Starting over.
In a simplistic exercise that had 20 adults trying to get a marble through a tube,
We learned the joy of failing and beginning again
and again and again.
It’s slightly different take on one of my favorite coaching principles
of changing what’s true.
What’s true is I’m a runner.
What’s also true is I’m a runner who’s taking a break.
A six-month break.
A break that doesn’t officially end until marathon training begins
in June.
Still, runners run.
So, I begin again.
Even slower than usual at first.
Three mile every couple of days or so,
On the lakefront and in all areas of my life,
I begin again.

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