Monday, 22 February 2010

Not a game of Perfect...

Yesterday was day 52 making it 1/7th of my challenge, strangely this time next week will mark two months and be 1/6th of the challenge which has taught me quite a bit already - bi-products of simply running 10k everyday.

“Not a game of perfect” is one of my favourite phrases, as it helps me keep focused when things haven't gone as planned; it also reminds me when things don't go right that the goal isn't ruined or spoilt, or unachievable only different than you'd preferred.

The purpose of me bringing it up now is that there have been a number of things I'd have liked to do within this challenge but haven't happened. I also feel really guilty with all the invites I've received for runs, socials and events but not been able to attend.

At this point in the challenge I should have maintained my nutritious diet, run 2 of the 10k race per month idea, regularly run with others and achieved about £1k in sponsorship. However, like all the 'best laid plans' I've not achieved these. Meaning I've run mostly on my own, I'm not going to be able to do a 10k race in each month and my diet has faltered leaving me at times tired and cranky. I suspected the sponsorship would be hard through January & February so I know I'm going to need some help to get this back on track; the diet thing I've already adjusted and is pretty straight forward.

I'm not disheartened of the short comings I've honestly listed. They haven't stopped me, the challenge or the goal to support cancer research – they're nice to haves' but its not a game of perfect. I realise there will be plenty of distractions and things I would like to do along this journey but due to practicalities, making time for them to happen is not always possible. There's a fine line when juggling and getting the important areas right such as family and work before making 10k everyday happen.

I've had to learn therefore, how to say “no” to myself and others because the practicalities of some of things I could or would like to get involved in could take me away from ultimately achieving and juggling what I set out to do.

I mentioned before a rediscovery of “ME” time through this challenge but I feel its only as effective as knowing when to say “no” and its not always going to be perfect.

Thank you to all those who have invited me to runs, socials and events – please keep asking and contacting me … I can't make all of them but some will be perfect timing!

Please take the time to share the 10k-everyday idea and encouraging others to get involved - it's as good as donating. If you're on Face Book simply type “10k everyday” in the search bar.

You can find micro blogging of this challenge at:, &

Send a friend request with 10k-everyday in it and I'll accept. Be well, Tim

1 comment:

  1. Fantastic, amazing journey you are now on. I enjoy tracking your progress and learning from your experiences along the way. As you said, "perfect" is a journey, not a destination.

    Keep running, mate.