Once again, I am linking up with Debbie over at Deb Runs for her Wednesday Word weekly linkup.
This week’s word is commitment. It’s actually one I suggested 🙂 Be sure to click on the button above to see who else is linking up this week and to join in!
When you make a commitment to something, you make a promise to yourself to fulfill an obligation. Without sounding full of myself, it’s something I’ve always been pretty good at. It kind of goes hand in hand with my Type A personality. Once the decision is made, I stick to it. I like to finish something after I start it.
Running, and especially training for a race, provides a great lesson in commitment. You learn to stick to a 5 mile run when the going gets tough during mile 2, and to stick to an 18 week training plan to get to that goal race. My willingness to stay committed to something was tested most last fall when I used the Hansons Marathon Method while training for the Marine Corps Marathon. It was 18 grueling weeks of training, running 6 days per week. I hit weekly mileage totals I hadn’t ever done before and conquered weekly training workouts I wasn’t sure I had the strength to complete (10 miles on a Tuesday!?). I came out on the other side of training with a deeper understanding of what I can do when I set my mind to something.
While following the Hanson Method, I also learned that being committed doesn’t necessarily mean following your original plan no matter what. While it would have been nice to follow the training plan exactly as written, things happen. That’s life. The trick is figuring out how to stay committed to your overall goal, even if it means changing the original plan.
While training for Marine Corps, I faced a dilemma when I wanted to travel 6 hours across the state to attend a friend’s baby shower and watch the Virginia Tech football game on the same weekend I needed to run 16 miles. But I made it work. After being up until 2 AM the night before (watching the game- we won. GO HOKIES!) I got up at 5 AM to make the 6 hour drive home. Halfway through the drive home, I stopped in a town where there was a trail I could run on. I got out and ran my 16 miles, then got back in the car and drove the rest of the way home.
Days like that remind me that it takes hard work to stay dedicated to something, but if you want it bad enough you’ll figure out how to make it work.
What does commitment mean to you? Is commitment a strong suit for you?