The Start/Finish line is down. The cones and barricades have gotten picked up. The trash was picked up days ago. Things are starting to slow down a little bit after the crazy pace leading up to the day of the Run for the Health of It/Kalamazoo Marathon.
All weekend, I saw all sorts of do-ers. First timers and those who have done this all before -- getting up early to share in some great events.
I got to see people who 3 or 4 or 7 years ago, could barely walk through the doors of our Fitness Center. Maybe it was a knee or hip, fibromyalgia, weight, or a recent surgery that made it difficult, and seemingly all the more necessary, for them to start their health behavior change. But Sunday, I got to so many of them out there in the sunshine, smiling, cheering, and being part of an event designed to celebrate the health behavior changes they made.
You've got a year. 12 months. What are you going to do with it? Are you going to use that time to make excuses and half hearted attempts? Are you going to settle for last year's accomplishment? Or are you going to dig deep, deal with the idea that there is a big challenge in front of you, and get to work?
Next year, I would like to celebrate the victories you've achieved with your time this year, in Tent City, after your race.