When I first decided to rename my blog to "TEDDI, SET, GO!" I was training for a half marathon, and I had all these grand aspirations of becoming a running guru.

Well, WRONG! While that race was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had and I will hold it close to my heart for as long as I live, I am NOT a runner. It was likely my first and last half marathon. 

I wanted SO BADLY to love running. I wanted to want to lace up my sneaks, trot through Central Park, and clear my head. I figured it if I wanted to love it enough, I would. But that's just not how it worked. Running didn't agree with my body or my mind. I've recently upped my strength training game, and once I've built up a bit more strength, I think I may give it another go. But for now... running is not part of my repertoire. 

I wondered for awhile if the "Ready, Set, Go!" suggestion was misleading. After all, it signifies the beginning of a race... and I'm not a runner. But I've realized that running - and in particular, the starting line - is a metaphor for so many other things in life. You've probably heard, "It's not about the destination; it's about the journey," and "Life is a marathon, not a sprint." The starting line is symbolic of any new journey, any new marathon. 

Here's the thing. There's not just one beginning, one starting line. I like to think of myself as crossing the starting line to a better, brighter life quite often, actually. Every time I make a new choice for myself (incorporating more strength training into my workouts and cutting WAY down on desserts/added sugars, to name a few recent changes) I picture myself catapulting over that symbolic start.

My favorite quote/life motto has long been, "Go the extra mile. It's never crowded." I repeat it to myself silently when I'm amidst a tough workout and feel like giving up. I think of it when I'm doing something that I know I could do better. It reminds me to be the very best version of myself I can be. To go that extra mile. 

Funny enough, I never made the connection between going the extra mile and TEDDI, SET, GOING until recently, when I was thinking about all of the things I'd like to put into motion for 2015 and what I want to accomplish in the next few years. It reminded me that this "title" has a purpose, and that we're all running our on lives, whether or not we're walking, jogging or wearing a race chip.

Just a little food for thought on this lovely Friday. :) Have a wonderful weekend!