Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Workout: 5 min. warmup plus 10 X 400m at a 6:44 pace with 350 yard resting intervals. No cooldown.
Goal workout tomorrow: 6 mile run outside. Half of the course is uphill.
Thought: "I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent; curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism have brought me to my ideas." -Albert Einstein

I did the workout today that I didn't do yesterday. Yesterday was just one of those days. Although I didn't work out yesterday, I was really productive and watched Michael Jackson's funeral. I don't know if he did bad things to children or not. What I do know though, is that he made the best of his talents.

At the funeral, Martin Luther King III quoted a poem his father also quoted in a speech that I can't get out of my head. It's really cliche, (maybe that's why it's stuck up there,) but it resonates with me because of my imperfections and desire to be better. I'm only 5'3", but this girl loves to run, and I intend to be the best 5'3" runner I possibly can. I'm not a perfect mom, a perfect pianist, or a perfect cook, but I try to be better at those things too, and hopefully one day, I can look back and see how far I've come.

So, before I put you to sleep...Here's the poem:


If you can't be a pine on the top of the hill,
Be a shrub in the valley---but be
The best little shrub at the side of the hill;
Be a bush if you can't be a tree.
We can't all be captains,
We've got to be crew.
There's something for all of us here;
There is big work to do, and there's lesser to do
And the task we must do is the near.
If you can't be a highway, then just be a trail,
If you can't be the sun, be a star;
It isn't the size that you win or you fail---
Be the best of whatever you are.

1 comment:

  1. I love that idea -- of being the best of whatever you are. I think we owe it to ourselves, to our family, to the world to be the best we can be and make the most of what we have!