I’ve Never Been A Quitter

by Willie on September 7, 2016

in Daily, Fitness, Marathon Training, Running

It’s been very quiet on the blog. Sorry about that. It’s been incredibly busy in the Gillis household. Between regular life things happening, getting the house ready for Baby G, and marathon training taking over my days, there’s just not enough time in the day.

Speaking of marathon training, I can’t stop.

That’s the overall theme of the last few weeks. It’s been interesting and somewhat of a challenge. Chicago Marathon is just over a month away. Where has the time gone?

Where do I begin?

With marathon training, it’s been incredibly challenging at times. I’ve been running two days a week and cycling one day a week. Angela said that that wasn’t enough. So recently, I’ve added in another run into my routine during the week. I know I’m late and I didn’t take her advice. That’s a mistake that I shouldn’t have made. I will learn from it.

My weekend long runs have been less than spectacular. I have a couple runs that were plagued with issues. I was supposed to run fifteen miles but could only get eleven. Then, I was scheduled to run sixteen miles and could on get thirteen. This past couple weekends, I planned to run 15 miles and 16 miles and got all of them in. I’m grateful for that.

The culprit of my lower mileage: my right ankle. It’s frustrating at times.


I’ve had this frame of mind to just quit. Sometimes, I’d rather get extra sleep on a Saturday morning instead of running for hours on end. Training is time consuming and it feels like there’s not enough hours in the day.

Originally, Angela and I were supposed to train for Chicago Marathon together. We’re pregnant now so that leaves me running solo. I know she really wants to run so I can’t complain about running it by myself.

I can’t really quit though. I’ve never been a quitter. Giving up would bother me more than committing to what I started. I may fail a lot but I won’t give up on anything. It’s just my nature.

I’m not stopping any time soon. I signed up for the marathon and I’m going to do it. The two things that will stop me is if they pull me off course at Chicago or I feel that an injury will hold me back. I don’t even think an injury would hold me back though.

The lesson with my experiences is that you only truly fail if you quit. You fail when you give up. It’s said that success is never a straight line. There’s always curves, loops and speed bumps along the way. As long as you keep moving forward, you’re moving in the right direction.

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This last few weeks have been a journey. I’m working on my weaknesses and using my strengths.  I’m heavily stretching when I can to keep the ankle strong. I’m doing as much as I can to be ready for Chicago Marathon. I keep moving forward. That’s all I can do!

What is one thing you will never quit to reach your goals?

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