I have been training for an endurance running event for the last 13 weeks. A 45km trail run through the Blue Mountains – the longest event I have ever entered. The event was scheduled for this coming Saturday however, due to the incredible amount of rain Sydney has seen lately, my ultra-marathon has been cancelled. That’s it. Just scrapped. Not postponed – cancelled.
If you can imagine; for myself and the other 999 competitors who were due to run the Six Foot Track ultra-marathon; this weekend is one that we have been building up to and all but dedicating our lives to for the last 3 and a half months (if not longer for some!)
So, when I had the news broken to me at 1pm this afternoon that no, I would not be running this weekend, I was in complete, disappointed shock. But much to my own astonishment, my shock did not last for long at all and I am now here thinking; Surely, after such a long time of training towards this momentous occasion, after the many, many arduous early morning runs, will-tesing hill sessions and aching muscles and bones, sureley I should be feeling more gutted than this?
But for whatever reason, I’m not. Don’t get me wrong; I was extremely excited and nervously eager to run this weekend. I started training very early in the piece with the hope of doing a personal best time on this course and I am in the best shape of my life right now. But even still, my mind keeps erring towards the positives of the situation instead of the negatives. Call it personally developed, call it carefree, call it what you want – I’m calling it being positive.
I have just been granted a whole weekend of FREE TIME! If I could have a dollar for the number of times I catch myself saying or thinking: ‘I didn’t have time, I wish I had more time, if only I had more time’ I’d be one rich lady. Well here it is! Staring me right in the face beeegggginnnggg to be used wisely!
So, sure as hell, I am going to make use of this gift I have been given. I’m still going to go up there this weekend and with the tranquility of the Blue Mountains, I will continue to train as if nothing were any different. I’m going to use this special gift of time to create my future. Im going to work on all the things I never get time for during the week. I’m going to write the 23 blog posts that are whirling around my head and not on paper yet. I’m going to read the book that has been sitting on my bedside table unopened for the last 6 weeks. I’m going to sit and plan the next 9 months of my life with clarity and drive so that come January 1st 2013, I am in an even happier, more successful place than I am now.
Had my running event not been cancelled I would not have the chance to get these things done and I would have put it all off for another god-knows-how-long which would prolong the onset of my future happiness and wild success.
It would be very easy to just cancel my travel and accommodation plans to the mountains and stay here in Sydney doing what I do every weekend; which evidently is putting of the blogging and the reading and the planning. But I’m going to say no to that and yes to using this extra time I have been given wisely.
The world will continue to turn and my career and life back here will still await me when I return on Monday. So I will make the most of this precious gift.
After all – I’ll never get this time back.