Sunday, December 26, 2010

Tenacity pays off

Tenacity (n): doggedness: persistent determination

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. Ours was quite merry, but to be honest, at this point I'm sick of Christmas music, Christmas decorations, and Christmas treats. How long do most of you leave your trees and other decorations up? I was seriously tempted to take ours down today. But that seemed a bit drastic. Especially since the in-laws are coming on Monday. I'm thinking I really should leave it up until they arrive. But don't be surprised if I take everything down on Tuesday. Just saying...

Anyway, that wasn't what I really wanted to blog about. I wanted to blog about a couple of recent runs. The first of which occurred on none other than Christmas Eve morning. It wasn't a long run, only two miles, but it was a special run. Remember me talking about the hill that I wanted to be able to run up without stopping? Well on that morning, I *owned* the hill, at least by my standards. And boy did that feel good!

Then this afternoon, I met one of my marathon training friends for the back portion of his long run. He was running 15, I met up for the final 7 miles. We took a different route than we usually do. This one had us out on some rolling hills. At first I was a bit nervous about whether or not I could keep up with the hills. But guess what? The hills were no problem. They were very mild compared to "my" hill. I actually felt terrific throughout the run.

All-in-all,I think it's just another reminder that hard work and tenacity pays off. And that's a great lesson as we contemplate all the possibilities that lie ahead in the upcoming new year...

22 comments:

  1. I have friends that took their tree down today! Mine will probably stay up until the weekend. I do get tired of the clutter, though! Great job with conquering the hill!!! That's awesome! :0)

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  2. Good job on those runs and for taking that hill down!

    I'm a little sick of Christmas too. :)

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  3. In Germany the tree only ever goes up on Christmas Eve (that's also when children get their presents, and they don't get to see the tree before it) and most families have living trees so they stay until they drop the leaves, sometimes until end of January. :-)

    Well done on your hilly runs.

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  4. I just found your blog today. I know what you mean about Christmas. When they start advertising right after Halloween, it makes for a really long several months of Christmas!

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  5. nice work :-) Now, we prepare to ring in the new year! Woot!

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  6. It's all those little bits of effort that pile up, we don't always notice it happening but it is and then that wonderful day when what we couldn't becames what we can!!

    Congrats!

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  7. Woohoo! I just realized that when I first started reading your blog you were just starting to come back from your injury, and now you are conquering hills! Your dedication is impressive!

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  8. i'm not sick of christmas, but then I only heard holiday tunes for a couple days and never had to get out in the crazy shopping...so no mostly it didn't feel like christmas except I got a day off work

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  9. Great job on the hills..... And happy New Year...

    Kenny
    www.apolicemanslife.com

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  10. how gratifying when all your determination pays off :)

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  11. Good for you!

    We usually take our tree down on New Year's Day. I'm always a bit sad to take it down. I like the twinkly glow of the lights.

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  12. Great job on the hill, that is awesome news! =] I have no doubt you'll reach all your goals this year :)

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  13. Very good job on the hills and it is a little bit easier to own them if you don't run alone.
    Happy New Year.

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  14. Ahhh you own them hills! Great job - and so inspired I shall seek some hills to tame myself (rather then just running around them)!!... Seasons greetings... and you've got to leave the tree up until New Years Day surely!?!?

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  15. It is December 28th and I'm surprised my tree and decorations are still up. Does that answer your question? LOL ;)

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  16. Soo true, hard work and tenacity absolutely pays off!!! Way to go!

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  17. Wow! Your ownership of the hill came fast! That's an awesome accomplishment! Here's to a wonderful and fulfilling 2011!

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  18. All the work you've done on your hill is totally paying off! Nice job on two very solid runs!

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  19. I'm with you o the Christmas stuff and my tree will be down this weekend!

    hard work does pay off and it feels good when it does!

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