Going the extra mile in running and in life

Over the weekend I had a run where your mind stops working and your hunger pangs and dehydration take over.  You miscalculate the math and rather than turn around at your pre-calculated spot, your confused mind at the 9 mile mark decides you’re supposed to run another half mile.  Increasing your 13 mile run to 14 miles.  Fortunately it was one of those great sunny days along the West Side Highway and the Hudson River.  It was 50+ degrees, sunny, running in shorts and a t-shirt, so it doesn’t get much better in January.  Chasing a marathon in March, and Jay-Z hits the headphones with Young Forever (and specifically the lines below the video).  Then it becomes unbeatable and inspiring.  That realization that your turnaround point was wrong at the 12 mile mark just got wiped away, its all about the chase and achieving a goal.  I’ll be that much better for it by literally going the extra mile,  I’ll never be afraid of that.

Jay-Z – Young Forever [Jay-Z + Mr Hudson] by AtlanticRecords

So we live a life like a video
When the sun is always out and you never get old
And the champagne’s always cold
And the music is always good
And the pretty girls just happen to stop by in the hood
And they hop their pretty ass up on the hood of dat pretty ass car
Without a wrinkle in today
Cuz there is no tomorrow
Just some picture perfect day
To last a whole lifetime
And it never ends
Cos all we have to do is hit rewind
So lets just stay in the moment, smoke some weed,
Drink some wine,
Reminisce talk some shit forever young is in your mind
Leave a mark that can’t erase neither space nor time
So when the director yells cut,
I’ll be fine,
I’m forever young…


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