[Yes, I'm a day late posting this. But Tuesday Runday doesn't have the same poetry.] Back in May I attended a concert with one of my favorite singer-songwriters, Carrie Newcomer. She sang a new song that was inspired by her (now grown) daughter, who attended a Montessori school. When the children were getting ready to do something new that was going to be a stretch for them, the teachers would say, "You can do this hard thing." This phrase acknowledged both that the task was difficult and that everything they'd previously done had prepared them for it.
I shared this phrase with my Moms RUN This Town group after the concert, and I've been happy to see it take on a life of its own. As group members set goals, run marathons and come back from injury, people are now reminding one another "you can do this hard thing."
Here's a video of the song. It's not a pump-you-up running tune, but the message is still there.
Tomorrow morning I will run 1/2 mile, the longest distance I've run in 12 weeks. If all goes well, I'll continue running that short distance every other day, then gradually, oh so gradually, increase the distance. (If it doesn't go well, we're gonna need to go on MaryAnn Mental Health Watch, because enough already.)
It will be a hard thing. But I can do it. And let's face it, there are harder things out there, which is important perspective too.
I loved this story from this weekend's New York City Marathon:
Kyle and Brent Pease have completed two 140.6-mile Ironman events together, so they felt more than ready for the New York City Marathon on Nov. 1. Of course, this was before the right rear wheel on Kyle’s wheelchair broke into pieces after the 12-mile mark.
Kyle Pease has cerebral palsy, and the brothers have been competing in racing events for several years now.
Brent carried Kyle for about a half mile before he realized that wasn't going to work. Then the NYPD escorted them to a nearby bike shop, but they weren't able to come up with a good solution. And then:
A fellow runner named Amy noticed the brothers struggling with steering, so she joined Brent’s side and steadied the chair as he pushed it forward. Shortly after that another runner named Cameron joined the team and helped stabilize the other side of the chair.
“The three of us shouldered the weight and helped cover the remaining miles together,” Brent said.
To find out more about their foundation, click here. And go do a hard thing today.