Yesterday, I not only exercised while on the elliptical, but I also multi-tasked and browsed through the October 2013 issue of Runner’s World magazine.
One article that I skimmed was titled, “Going Crazy,” and described the author’s one-time decision to run his first 10-miler “on the morning of the hottest day in weeks without a drink or bite of anything.”
I remembered the uneasiness that I felt at the start of the race, after hearing two women tell me that they had been preparing for several weeks in advance to run the race. I also remembered the pinch that I felt in my upper left leg during the race, as I injured myself (I did finish the race in good time but pulled my quadricep, which required a physical therapy visit and a two-week rest).
In his article, the “Going Crazy” author revealed that he performed self-examination after making his “crazy” decision and hypothesized that inner nature can often confound our decision-making process, stating: “Everyone has some inherent nature they have to fight against. Some people have to try not to be mean. Some not to be greedy, some lazy, or cynical, or vain.”
I think a bit of youthful vanity may have driven my decision to run a 10K without adequately preparing.
How about you? When was the last time that you made a “crazy,” spontaneous decision that resulted in unintended consequences, and what were your reasons for making the decision?
In sports, we often hear the phrase, “your real competition is you.” I agree and think the phrase can also be applied to personal decision-making.
In his song, “12-12-84,” South Carolina native and country music singer David Ball sang it best: “Time is a teacher. Oh, and time has taught me well. What brings a man to his knees is often brought on by himself.”