Monday, August 2, 2010

Scratching Items Off The Bucket List, One Step At A Time

Posted By on Mon, Aug 2, 2010 at 6:00 AM

A wise person once gave me some advice about how to find happiness. She told me to commit to what I want to do in this lifetime and to make sure that every day I do something that brings me one step closer to the items on that "bucket list."

Consider the 2007educational film of the same name starring Morgan Freeman—there's something to be learned from it.

Over the years, I've found that my bucket has a small leak in it—some goals have slipped away, and the window of opportunity has passed—but my bucket also has a seemingly endless source of material for refills. Not long ago, I decided I wanted to run the Boston Marathon. That means I have to run another marathon prior to Boston and run fast enough to make the qualifying time. I've hemmed and hawed for months, unwilling to actually choose one and register, perhaps because I've been afraid I won't be able to run 26.2 miles in less than three hours and 40 minutes. The Big Sur Marathon is too hilly, Rock and Roll in Arizona is too hot, and the Chicago Marathon is too far away. Excuses, excuses.

However, another piece of wisdom from my sage friend was this: Don't be afraid to ask for help. It turns out I won't. Thanks to Shu's Idaho Running Company, I can attend a free clinic on Wednesday, August 4 at 7 p.m. to learn "what every marathoner needs to know." Melinda Neely, author of Finding Life's Secret Sauce, will share her secrets about nutrition, pacing and goal-setting. Who's with me?

And by the way, I finally registered for a marathon. On Sunday, October 10, I'll be pounding pavement in Portland, Ore., on a mostly flat course. Nice fall weather and a quick drive from here. Again, who's with me?

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