Day 122: Round Two


On your mark, get set, go!

“Still round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret gate.” J.R.R. Tolkien

Yesterday I finished the weekly photo challenge, “Round.”  Then, I saw the perfect picture for “Round.”  That’s how it usually works.

I stopped and asked, “How far do you run?”

His response was, “One round!”

That’s about a mile and a half.  Running or walking it normally wouldn’t be impressive, but this guy goes about it differently.  He runs with a rubber tire which he tugs on a long rope attached to a back brace he wears.  After a round, I’m sure he knows he’s had a workout.

It leads me to a question.

Why would a man run a mile and a half dragging a tire behind him?

Pushing oneself is a lonely act.  When deciding to push forward, we often romanticize the idea.  Yet, when the actual work starts, it’s obvious that we are in the process alone.  Not only is it difficult to continue pushing forward, but there will be times when others laugh on the side.  Who else in the park runs around with a tire attached to the back?  No one else in our park does it.

Pushing oneself doesn’t always make sense.  I can’t figure out why a man would carry a tire to a park every day.  Yesterday, my thoughts were something like, “Where does this man live?  Does he drive to this park and just keep his tire in the trunk?  Does he carry it on the bus and attach it to himself when he gets here?  Does he know that he looks kind of weird with a tire attached to the back of him as he runs?”  Even with this series of questions in my mind.  I did admire the man.  I’ve thought about him several times since I saw him.

Pushing oneself requires a vision and dedication.  When we make a decision to work towards a big goal, we need a certain amount of dedication before it can be accomplished.  If you can’t see yourself accomplishing it, you’ll likely never get there.  Vision is important because plenty of discouragement is likely to come along.

So, if you didn’t get it right in round one, how about pushing yourself a little farther in round two?  It might open up new benefits you never dreamed existed.  Don’t let that man with the tire pass you by!

“We make way for the man who boldly pushes past us.” Christian Nevell Bovee


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