6'0 tall, former athlete, mother of 3, struggling to keep up on the RUN of daily life.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Inspiration- The Climb

About a week away from my first Marathon, I feel nostalgic to the point of cheesy, so bare with me. I heard "The Climb" sung by Miley Cyrus on the way to work. Listening to the words made my heart grow as I sang along (be glad you were not in my jeep, tone deaf). As a HIGHLY driven person/athlete my brained is WIRED very different. My mind tends to focus on the END RESULT instead of all the wonderful things that happen along the way. This Blog is my way to focus on how far I have come, so I don't lose sight of the journey. I have TRULY changed through my running and for the better.

Through college and today this quote has been within eye shot.

“Don't let what you cannot do interfere
with what you can do.”
John Wooden

I decide what I am capable of and take the steps to accomplish what I "Can do." I may fall short, I may surpass my own expectations, but I WILL NOT let what I cannot do keep me down.

I want to know What Inspires you?

Favorite quotes
Race stories (even your own)

Please leave me a comment (Yes I am fishing for comments), your words will be what I read next week as I prepare to Climb my next great mountain. I would love to hear from any and everyone.

Have a great Weekend
Continue to Inspire, Melanie


Unknown said...

Reading blogs about other peoples adventures is inspiring to me.

I have several favorite quotes as well.

But mainly, I find inspiration from within. I am so grateful to be able to be out there moving my body. I do this because I CAN!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

My favorite quote is the one on the sidebar of my blog

There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying. Francis Bacon

This made me feel SO much better after my marathon experience. Obviously my goal was to finish, but it wasn't my day to do that... but I gave it my all.

Kelly said...

Haha, I really am not a fan of Miley Cyrus, but I do like that song.

Thank you for posting that quote. I hurt my knee and it's really important for me to think about what I can do, rather than focus on what I cannot do (run)

Ashley said...

I <3 that song!!! Oh, and I am the proud owner of Miley tickets for Rylie's birthday....but I have to keep it a secret for 2 more months - agh!!!! BUT, I will soooo be the coolest mom ever when she gets them for her bday! :)

One of my favorite quotes is something my dad said to me once: Happiness is not a destination, it's a journey. Words to live by!

Good luck on your marathon!

PS - that is a GREAT pic of you!! :)

robinbb said...

There is a woman on the Runners World message board for beginners who is an amazing runner. Like, won the Flying Pig marathon last year and she is just a mom who loves to run.

Anyways, last year she told us her favorite quote to remind herself is to tell herself she is a "Rockstar"....If you are a fan of Grey's Anatomy, you will remember the scene of Izzie calling herself a rockstar, not to mention they say it a lot in the show. So when I am dying and about to finish something hard, I yell "Rockstar" and many other forms of it.

Sarah Jane said...

Um, Mel, YOU inspire me! I'm on hiatus right now...sick as a dog...but reading your blog (and others) keep me going! I love that Christina Aguilera song called "Fighter" - always pushes me when I feel like quitting.

(and I 2nd the "damn, you run fast!" comment)

tfh said...

That's such a pretty picture! I probably find songs the most motivating-- when I was preparing for the marathon, I would listen to "The Story" (Brandi Carlile) over and over again. It's funny how songs have the power to move and inspire us...have a fantastic weekend!

Being Robinson said...

okay i'm going to seem soooo shallow and so lame here. but honestly? my competitive spirit inspires me. nothing gets me going like knowing i can be better, or beat someone else, or TRY to beat someone else, or get a PR. shallow. i know.

the other thing that inspires me is having a horrible day, because i know if there is one thing that will relieve my tension and give me the chance to think and be alone, it's running.

oh and prolly totally killer music.

that picture is awesome, so pretty!

Janice {Run Far} said...

you can do it....

thats all I got right now.... to tired from vacation. ;) good luck

Lynette said...

You, smiley:)

Melanie Tait said...

Hey Mel - thanks for your lovely FB message! I'm back from Kakadu and looking forward to putting in some good blog-catch up time.

LOVED that post. Can't wait to be writing a similar one one day.

You should be soooooooo proud of your achievement. I cannot WAIT to read about your marathon next week!! Also can't wait to catch up on what you've been up to this week!

Marathonman101108 said...

Music motivates me...I grew up in what I believe was the best decade of music ever-the 70's. LOTS of the 70's songs have meaning to me, because they relate to my life back then. My "get psyched" songs are "Rocky" and "Eye of the Tiger." Neither song is mentioned these days, but if you go and watch the two Rocky movies that they're in, you'll understand!

Marathonman101108 said...

P.S. LOVE the pic!

IzzyBubbles said...

This post kind of cracks me up, because I had "The Climb" on my marathon play list. It was so great. Then right after the marathon I went to the gym one morning to lift weights, and they played that song, and I got a little misty thinking about finishing the marathon. And then I proceeded to hear that song EVERY SINGLE MORNING that I went to the gym for weights, like clockwork. Not so much my favorite song anymore!! LOL.

Music definitely inspires me. Honestly, one of my running faves (totally cheesy, don't make fun, it works) is "Go the Distance". Yes, it's Michael Bolton, but it has such great words for running a marathon (And I won't look back, I can go the distance. I will stay on track, I won't accept defeat. I don't care how far, I can go the distance. I will go the distance 'til my journey is complete.)

Another one that I really like is "Let it Fade" by Jeremy Camp. For both my longer races I listened to a lot of contemporary Christian music, to me there's a huge spiritual component to running and knowing that I'm never running alone gives me a fire to keep going even when things get tough.

Okay, wow that was a long post, apparently I had a lot to say!!