The other day I heard on NPR about a study in which it was discovered that those who concquer the ability to wait for long term results are the ones who are successful in life.
my first thought: well, I'm screwed.
I'm not good at patience. At all.
and I'm not talking about patience like a 3 year old waiting for their turn on the slide. That I can do.
I'm actually really good at waiting in lines.
Its the waited for things.
saving up money. waiting to see what happens. waiting to lose a couple of pounds.
I'm pretty instantanious. and if I want something, usually it consumes my mind until I get it.
ask my husband. it is something that drives him crazy about me.
so am I doomed to be Unsuccessful in my life?
and then there is endurance.
Also something I lack.
and I think it goes hand in hand with patience, just in a different way.
but both kind of involve waiting.
I am currently training for my second half marathon.
it is now less than 2 weeks away.
yesterday I ran 10 miles..and that is fine as the longest run I do.
Next week 8 as my taper, and then the race.
and here's the thing. I bang out the long runs fine.
but it starting thursday morning the nerves consume my mind.
I just want to get out and do it so that I am done for one more week until the next long run comes.
waiting until saturday morning is like torture.
and Saturday comes and I'm fine.
I get through it.
but I have to tell you (and I don't think this is uncommon), until I hit 8 miles, I almost constantly think about how I can stop (when peter sagal or dimity and sarah are not distracting me with witty humor..)
So I'm not real great at endurance either.
and while I do finally consider myself a runner, I am most definitely without a doubt a weekend warrior.
if I'm honest I don't run much during the week.
and I'm sure if I did I would do so much better and enjoy the saturdays a whole lot more.
and so these are flaws.
Ones that picked out easily and thought about often yesterday as I was pounding the trail.
so how to work on these?
But recognizing them seems to be a good start.
and in two weeks I'll have a whole 13.1 miles to try and sort them out :)