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Expect The Unexpected

Where do I begin with this one?

So, after a long day of work, I return to my apartment to find water all over my kitchen floor and counter. Not that big of a deal, right? Not only that, the water damaged the outlet to my stove and appliances (except for the refrigerator... thank God), so now those appliances are out. Lastly, I find a hole in my ceiling on the other side of the kitchen.

I have had multiple problems with the property management and neighbors to this complex for nearly 2 years, and I have had enough. Right now, I am being forced to do the one thing I was trying to avoid, and that's move while in the middle of training.

I don't mean to make this a whiny, drama-filled post, but this is what I am going through right now. This is my current living situation. Finding another place is not that big of a deal, but this should not have to happen, and I should not have to come home to water all over my kitchen and a hole in my ceiling. I should be able to cook at night.

As upset as I am with property management and the neighbors responsible for their apparent carelessness, I am grateful that nothing worse than this happened. I'm grateful that no one actually broke into my apartment and took anything. I'm grateful that the refrigerator is still working. Instead of cooking, I had to make a sandwich for dinner. It's better than starving.

I still have internet, and I'm able to type this blog and send it out.

The point of this post is life can still happen while you're preparing for a marathon. These things happen. You're in the middle of training, and things are going well. You've finally achieved a period of stress-free running, and then BAM!! Life comes and gives you a rude awakening. The next thing you know, you become sidetracked. It could either be this situation I'm in, or it could be a loss of a job, or a loss of a loved one, or it could be your car gets repossessed, or you get evicted. Whatever the case, there's always something happening. It's all a part of life.

Here's the thing about life. Instead of saying "life sucks", embrace it. Life does not suck. The enemy does. It is the enemy that will continue to throw fiery darts at you. I have a run this weekend I really look forward to, and all that needed to happen to get my mind off of it was the hole in my ceiling.

Guess what; I'm still going to enjoy my training. I'll worry about the hole and the stove a little later, or I won't worry at all, but it will be taken care of. Best believe I will still be moving out. That's inevitable.

Don't hate life. Embrace it. Setbacks will happen. Sidetracks will come. Your focus depends on you. Depending on the situation, your focus will depend on you. If you are as dedicated to running as I am, you will remain focused. I'll keep you updated.

Until then..

Marcus Carter

The Freedom Runner


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