Inspiration Time – 11 Reasons Why I’ll Finish & Love My 100K Race.
I was depressed as hell tonight until I came across this amazing video by the movie maker Kevin Smith.
It’s about living a ‘Why not?’ life.
Sometimes I think I’m insane for entering races like the 100k and lose belief in myself and my sense of direction in life.
The above video inspired me into thinking about why the 100k run will be fantastic. I do tend to get discouraged when I believe my dreams are sometimes too big for my mind and my ability.
I fall back into the mindset I had in school where I felt like a no-one. A no-one who had surrendered to a life that culminated in dying in a cubicle of a combination of boredom, obesity and/or syphilis.
Here are 11 reasons why I’ll storm this 100k and why you too will achieve whatever you want to in your life if you just give it a shot.
11 of the best.
- I think it’s impossible currently, therefore it’s not! – Running a mile seemed impossible at one stage. It wasn’t. Running a marathon seemed impossible at one stage. It wasn’t. You set your own entry level in life. Have fun breaking it. You will if you keep trying.
- I’m running from London to Brighton, two places that I love! This will be made of happy – I didn’t enjoy running from Ballywalter to Belfast in my first ultramarathon. I like Belfast, but Ballywalter in Northern Ireland scares the hell out of me. My ancestors had been trying to escape from that peninsula for centuries and going back there sent a chill up my spine. Ballywalter is the Alabama of Northern Ireland. Low tooth count and webbed feet. Not a great scene. England will be better.
- I won’t regret this on my death bed – I won’t think back and think ‘shit, why did I run that 100k race, it was a complete waste of time!’. This is only true if I don’t get raped by a rabid badger and die outside a paddock in Burgess Hill. Then I’ll die laughing out of the wrong hole.
- If I can cover the 62 miles, then running a marathon will seem like nothing at all – Yes I said that about the 50k and it was true to an extent. Vegas was painful only because of the absolute debauchery over the 10 nights and my little injury midway through. I’m only gonna keep moving forward after I complete this 100k.
- Just because the first ultra marathon hurt, doesn’t mean that they all will – I will nail these races only if I keep trying. That’s all I can do. Try. I will try more if I enjoy things more. That’s why a positive mental attitude is imperative. Negativity doesn’t serve me well. It just brings me the down. You can do what you want to do in your own life if you just try. If anyone discourages you, kick them in the hole. Hard.
- This time I won’t care about time – I want to cover the ground and celebrate like hell for once. I’m not setting goals or deadlines, other than crawling across Brighton Racecourse. I won’t piss on my own parade. I will do this and it will be an excellent experience.
- I won’t be limited by the naggling little bugger in my mind – Matthew Inman described it perfectly as the Blerch in his amazing Oatmeal running cartoon. It’s the little voice in the back of a runner’s mind that won’t stop berating you. It pretends to be you and places mental limits on your running where there are none. I will take the Blerch down in England in May. No actually. I will start to eat away at it now, otherwise it will eat away at me!
- I’m not being phased by the idiots who ask “why the hell are you running 62 miles?” –Why the hell not, asshole? Sure, you can sit around in your piss and watch the ‘Big Bang Theory’ whilst making your cock head weep 24/7. If that makes you happy, it makes you happy. I’ll follow my own bliss and then LOVE IT IN THE WRONG ‘UN! I’m tired of being part of a passive generation that comments on everything and tries to do nothing in case they receive negative feedback. Those who will mock you in life were born fools and will die fools.
- Training will get easier from here on in – It’s only 3 weeks until the Winter Solstice where it will be as dark at night as it will get for the year. From there onwards it will only get brighter. We’re nearly there. Training starts here. Pre-empt the New Year fitness rush and get out there now!
- I won’t always be able to do this – I will try all that I can whilst I still have the capability and the strength. I’m not backing down because something is daunting. It all starts now and I’ll only gain momentum.
- Sure I’ve put on weight from Vegas, but I will lose it again – I’m up to 213lbs now but what I forget is that I had an amazing time in America. I had such a good time that I’ve been depressed as hell to be back home. There is no need to be depressed. Running will take me anywhere I need to go in life. The 100k might seem out of my reach now, but I will get there and I will complete it!