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#22: Running is a lot like life. Only 10 percent of it is exciting. 90 percent of it is slog and drudge.

Linden and I logged 4.5 miles during today’s beautiful afternoon, and though my face and arms are a little pink, I feel great. (FYI, I read last month–in Women’s Health, I think–that runners have higher rates of skin cancer than other athletes. Time for sunscreen!)

I didn’t feel great during the run, though. I hit a wall about halfway in, but encouraging Linden, who was also struggling, helped take my mind off the run. I played around with some new mantras:

“Beautiful Day” by U2
It’s a beautiful day, the sky falls
And you feel like it’s a beautiful day
It’s a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away

You’re on the road but you’ve got no destination
You’re in the mud, in the maze of her imagination
You love this town even if it doesn’t ring true
You’ve been all over and it’s been all over you

“Jesus Loves Me”
Emphasis on “They are weak, but he is strong.”

“Holiday” by Madonna
The route took us on Holiday Street. Simply singing “Holiday Celebrate” helped.

“What If I Stumble” by DC Talk
Forgot how great this song was. It seems discouraging at first, but when you get to the end of the chorus, you remember that Love will continue even if today isn’t what you hoped it would be.

What if I stumble? What if I fall?
What if I lose my step and make fools of us all?
Will the love continue if my walk becomes a crawl?
What if I stumble? What if I fall?

And then there was my ole faithful:
Easy does it. You can do it.

“Running is a lot like life.  Only 10 percent of it is exciting.  90 percent of it is slog and drudge.” — Dave Bedford

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