Monday, March 15, 2010

Five Ks of Glory

I haven't really found anything to comment on today, so I think I'll make another running entry.  Frequent readers will know that I completed a half-marathon last Sunday (with my bud Bob) and that I had a 5K race yesterday.  I am very happy to say I set a new personal record of 26:29 for the 5K, which is nothing spectacular in running circles, but is great for a new runner like myself.

Receiving the results, it brough me back to the individualism narrative that I left off on in my half-marathon post.  One of the best lessons my father ever told me that as long as you hold yourself up to the highest personal standards, outside judgment is irrelevant.  I try to incorporate that ideal in everything I do, and have found that if you are honest in what standards you hold up for yourself, you will often exceed the fiercest of critics.  It is especially critical in matters of morality and ethics, when achievements are normally put ahead of "standards."

I was shooting for a sub 27 minute time on Sunday.  That was the personal goal set for myself.  After a while, the time was no longer relevant, and all that mattered was my effort.

1 comment:

  1. Good advice. I see it at work in many of the activists who donate time to educate the populace irrespective of the Goliath power structures and moneyed interests who oppose them. Those activists are working for the greater good, withstand huge amounts of criticism (on a good day) and stay with their personal goal to spread truth with doing good being the only pay. Activists have their own standard, and money isn't high on the list.

    Some say that no one works that hard without some pay, however lacking in transparency. I say that's akin to claiming Mother Theresa was inhuman. It's innate in some people and even some animals to have compassion for the weak/unaware, balanced with courage to speak out (or act out) in the face of injustice and power imbalances, superiority and arrogance.

    A story worth repeating: Watching a herd of horses as the owner put a blind appaloosa out into the field was quite profound on the day that the alpha male horse and his betas continually chased the blind aged horse away from pile after pile of hay. Finally, two horses who were designated far down in the herd dynamic stood on either side of the blind horse who had located his 3rd or 4th pile of hay. The two sentry horses began threatening posture when the alpha and betas approached to once again push the blind horse from a hay pile. The alpha and betas wandered away, it wasn't worth the fight.

    Amazing. Some animals actually have more compassion than some people. Aminals do have emotions. Aminals stay truer to themselves than we can ever imagine. Animals have standards that they'll risk grave bodily harm to protect. We can learn a lot from the animals.