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Mile 19 (Ravelympics Day 13)

August 20, 2008

Running a race takes dedication and hard work. I have never run an actual marathon but if it is like any other endurance race, there comes a point where it becomes difficult to continue running. I think of it as Mile 19 in a marathon. You have successfully covered three-quarters of the required distance but you have been running long enough for physical and mental fatigue to start nagging at your body. You have accomplished so much but you still aren’t close enough to actually see the finish line. There is a point when motivation to continue may waver, where it would be far easier to grab a bottle of water and sit down under that tree and rest. Sprinters don’t have this problem because their finish line is visible from the moment they start the race. But marathoners have to find the motivation to keep running even when the finish line is nowhere to be seen.

I am at Mile 19 with my sweater. I have accomplished so much. It is 19 inches long, the lace/cable panel is complete, the hip increases have been made. I am in the home stretch, yet I am having trouble staying motivated. I cannot see the finish line and the physical and mental fatigue are setting in. My resolve to finish is starting to waver and I am starting to wonder if it would really be such a big deal if I didn’t complete the silly sweater by the deadline.

But just when I am thinking that shade tree and water bottle are starting to look really good, Preteena decided to do something to cheer me on. I found this when I visited the refrigerator to prepare lunch.

Here is a close up of the chart she made me to keep up with my Ravelympics progress.

Forget that shade tree, I am going to keep running knitting. How could I not finish the race with such a wonderful and enthusiastic cheering section?

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Aunt Kathy permalink
    August 20, 2008 3:41 pm

    I LOVE IT. What a wonderful motivator you have there.

    I am preaching at church tonight and my topic includes bring it on, don’t quit, it’s possible to do it, you are able…you are strong, quitting is not an option

    All these things apply to you too… I will be thinking of your little sheep chart when I speak tonight.

  2. Aunt Kathy permalink
    August 20, 2008 3:41 pm

    I LOVE IT. What a wonderful motivator you have there.

    I am preaching at church tonight and my topic includes bring it on, don’t quit, it’s possible to do it, you are able…you are strong, quitting is not an option

    All these things apply to you too… I will be thinking of your little sheep chart when I speak tonight.

  3. kadezmom permalink
    August 20, 2008 9:24 pm

    YES!!!!

    I totally agree. (with both you and AK)

    I’ve got one more sock to do, and about 10 afghan squares…. with 25 squares done and 3 socks (not pairs, individual socks) and I’m SO ready to quit. I WILL PRESEVERE with you.

    Your preteena rocks!

  4. kadezmom permalink
    August 20, 2008 9:24 pm

    YES!!!!

    I totally agree. (with both you and AK)

    I’ve got one more sock to do, and about 10 afghan squares…. with 25 squares done and 3 socks (not pairs, individual socks) and I’m SO ready to quit. I WILL PRESEVERE with you.

    Your preteena rocks!

  5. kadezmom permalink
    August 20, 2008 9:24 pm

    YES!!!!

    I totally agree. (with both you and AK)

    I’ve got one more sock to do, and about 10 afghan squares…. with 25 squares done and 3 socks (not pairs, individual socks) and I’m SO ready to quit. I WILL PRESEVERE with you.

    Your preteena rocks!

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