Readers of this blog know that I pledged to ride, run, swim and paddle 8,000 km in under a year in support of cancer research, prevention and care at the Alberta Cancer Foundation.
I used to run a lot when I was younger…and running 3-4 times a week kept me in touch with not only the physical and mental health benefits of running, but also the well of creativity that one can access when pushing hard physically…the turning off of the chattering mind and turning on of the benefits of flow.
Frankly I made the pledge to cover 8,000 km on a bit of a whim…I was reading about the 40th Anniversary of the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope just as it was announced that my annual Ride to Conquer Cancer had been cancelled. As a supporter of cancer research I wanted to do something and the Give’r Project was born.
Stuck inside on a trainer for the most part I had started to flag last week…feeling isolated and wondering if I had bitten off more than I could chew. But now, 6 weeks and 950 km in, I feel like I have crested a big hill. I feel stronger all of a sudden, and the riding is less drudgery and more inspiration. I have tapped that well and where there was boredom, isolation and anxiety I am now experiencing expansiveness, wellness and creativity.
I heard someone say today, related to the pandemic, “…tough times don’t last, but tough people do.”
I’m feeling it. If you are having a hard time getting moving, maybe you should just Give’r.