Day 247-251 – 178.7 km (total – 6510.8 km)
Just a quick update…
I am a bit behind on my schedule coming into Calgary. My mind and body are quite fatigued these days, and so today has ended up being a day off which I had hoped would be a running day. After 8 months of running and living in an RV, I am really starting to feel the affects of doing this. I am appreciative of all the emails and messages of support as I near the end… although it is only about 4 weeks until I finish in Victoria, my brain can’t seem to process or even fathom being done. I’m not sure when that moment will come, but for now, it seems like a long time to go. And a lot of distance to run!
Being defeated is only a temporary condition; giving up is what makes it permanent. - Marilyn vos Savant
Having said this, I am anticipating my time in the Calgary area! I have some school visits lined up and will have a chance to visit with some good friends over a couple of days. The biggest piece of news that relieves some of my stress is having my friend Jen come to help drive through the Rockies. A couple of weeks ago, I started feeling anxious about going through the mountains on my own, particularly in October. Jen graciously agreed to help me for 3 weeks and I am extremely grateful to have this much needed help!
The quote above resonates with me today. I think there can be many moments through life where we can feel defeated in something we’re doing, whatever that something is. I certainly feel that way when I look at my watch on a given day and I’ve only run 20 km and am dead tired but still have another 30 to go. Somehow, it’s finding that balancing act of accepting a sense of defeat but knowing you’ll push on to finish whatever it is you’ve set out to do. Easier said than done – no doubt. But in these days, I am learning how much each step, both literally and figuratively, add up.