Paul's Blog

Sun, 26-Jul-2009

Sunday - swim/long run, Today, 2000 meter swim and 1:45 run.

Alarm goes off at 6:00 a.m. There's thunder in the distance. I get my gear ready. I figure I'll run before the gym opens and then swim at Bally's. I walk outside and the sky opens up!

By the time I get to the gym, 10 minutes later, the rain has slowed. (I don't mind running in the rain.)

I head out at about 7:00 a.m. for my run with my two premixed water bottles (Heed/Perpetuem), my iPod shuffle and my Garmin (again).

It's hot. And 30 minutes into the run -- how do I put this delicately -- I have to go. You know. Number two.

I'm running (more slowly) and looking for safe places (meaning, places I won't get spotted or reported to the police) with no luck.

As I'm running by the Amityville train station, I see a port-o-pottie. Now normally, one is not excited about the prospect of a port-o-pottie, but when you are 30 minutes from your car and the gym it's parked in front of is still closed, a port-o-pottie is a sight for sore eyes, and other body parts (thank you God).

I do my business, resume my run, hit the halfway mark, and turn back. It's getting hotter with each step and I'm pouring sweat.

I make it back to the gym, my water bottles are exhausted and the pool awaits.

My 2000 meter swim means 80 laps or 40 loops. I end up doing 15 loops (or 750 meters). It's not quite enough but it's getting late (I started late...again) and I need to get going on the day's chores.

What's all this have to do with business?

1) Take some time to prepare, you never know what might happen once you get going.

2) Keep going, keep the faith, and push ahead (you already know what's behind you). Sometimes, you end up being blessed.

PKM head SOS shot

Paul K. McGinniss, PCC RPCC SBL MSHR
Leadership Development & Executive Coach