"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 a 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 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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