Grit Sooner or Later


I’m not feeling particularly gritty today.

In less than two days I’m scheduled to run the Rock and Roll Half Marathon in San Antonio, and odds are pretty good I won’t be lining up to do so. I’ve had a cold, no, allergies. Or is it allergies that progressed into a cold? Who knows???

What matters is that a 13.1 mile run on what’s set to be a cold, rainy morning when I’m practically dependent on Mucinex to keep me going is not a recipe for success.

So I’m wrapping my mind around the idea that I will be sitting out a race for only the second time ever due to illness, or the prospect of worsening illness. Blegh. I just can’t see myself risking getting even sicker and therefore risking my January race.

As minor as all of that seems, it tops off what anyone would consider to be a particularly tough November. And that makes me thankful that I’m in the middle of reading Grit, by Angela Duckworth.

It’s a solid read, and I’m sure I’ll be writing more about it when I’m finished, but today a small quote in her TED Talk stands out to me:

“Grit is living life like it is a marathon, not a sprint.” – Angela Duckworth

And that tells me it’s okay not to tough things out for the sake of toughing them out, as long as you get back on track. Sooner or later, that is.

Here’s Angela Duckworth’s TED Talk. Check it out!

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