Running a marathon is a lifelong goal of mine. In 2002, I added it to my Life’s To Do List, and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. But, my list wasn’t the catalyst that pushed me to finally sign up to run a marathon. It was actually the photo below.
If you read other health blogs, you might recognize Caitlin of Healthy Tipping Point and her friend, Lauren. Caitlin ran her first marathon last January with Team In Training. In fact, she completed her first marathon exactly one year ago today.
Reading Caitlin’s recap of the event on her blog made me so happy for her, but at the same time, I couldn’t help but feel a bit jealous of her success. Running a marathon was at the top of my life goal list, but I wasn’t sure if I could really run one myself.
One of the best parts about blogging is that I’ve found a great group of like-minded, active women. The worst part, however, is sometimes I feel a little green with envy and find myself making comparisons to other bloggers. But, not all these comparisons are negative— seeing someone else’s progress is an inspiration to me.
So instead of dwelling on the negative, I turned my feelings into a positive. Instead of feeling envious of Caitlin, I appreciated her drive and determination to run a marathon. Watching Caitlin achieve her goals made me want to achieve mine even more.
So, in August 2010, I called Team In Training and registered to run my first marathon. It was Caitlin’s success that gave me the push that I needed to officially commit to working toward my own personal goal. And in just 6 days, I will achieve it. (A crazy twist of fate has Caitlin in Phoenix on the day that I run my marathon, so we have plans to celebrate together afterward. It’s funny how life works out!)
For breakfast, I cooked myself an egg sandwich, but it wasn’t very pretty. I used the microwave method to make the egg white patty, and I made it much too large for the English muffin. It tasted fine; it just looked really weird. I also added seriously sharp cheddar cheese and a slice of tomato.
My iced coffee totally made up for the ugly-looking egg sandwich though.
One of Mal’s students visited Hawaii over winter break and brought him back a bag of Vanilla Macadamia Nut coffee from the Hawaiian Isles Kona Coffee Co. It is so, so, so delicious!
This is one of the best iced coffees I’ve had in awhile!
Question of the Day
Does the blogging community encourage you to compare yourself to others? Do you feel ever feel jealousy or do channel that feeling into something more positive?