10 Words in 10 Days…Day 10

op·ti·mis·tic
/ˌäptəˈmistik/
adjective
1. hopeful and confident about the future.

At this point, being just 10 days away from what will likely be the most memorable run of my life, I thought it would be enlightening to myself and to you to give you a word of the day; a kind of a gauge about where my feelings are upon waking. I have no intentions of sugar coating this, either. If I feel a bad day coming on, I’m going to admit to it. It will be good for me mentally to break through the barriers that I’m likely to face the next week and a half. This being the case, and despite the fact that this is my first chosen word, I feel forced to pick a positive one. Perhaps it will set a tone for the following 10 days.

Today, I am optimistic, despite the fact that I have struggled through my injuries, not to mention the personal issues our family has faced this year. I have made it this far and it has to mean something. Being optimistic isn’t always being happy. It’s taking what the world throws at you and saying “I’m not going to let this get me down.” Even my husband said to me, “You are not pulling out. You are going to run Boston…even if you have to walk it.” That is pretty profound coming from him.

If it weren’t for the leg issues, I’d say that I was in tip top shape. I’m lean, but not too lean, and I have power and stamina. I feel strong, well-rested, and well nourished. The shin/calf and hip issues have been road blocks along the way. And no, they aren’t completely healed, but they give me something to work on once this experience has wound down…if it ever winds down.

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At the doctor, when I went in for the exam and x-ray on my tibia, he stated that I was really struggling through this training session.

“What do you think is going on?” he asked.
“Maybe I’m just getting too old for this.” I replied.

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill

That was the pessimistic me talking. And I have a strong pessimistic side when things aren’t going the way I’d like them to.

But looking on the bright side…

I’m still alive.
I have no broken bones.
I have nothing that some time and some rest won’t heal.
I can rebuild and renew.
I can beat this.
I will run again and again and again.
This is what I was meant to do.
My glass is always half full.

Today’s word: Optimistic.

2 Responses to 10 Words in 10 Days…Day 10

  1. It’s a very powerful word that can really make a difference. You WILL have a great race!

  2. A Running Chick says:

    Thank you for the support, Kelli!

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