Friday, January 25, 2008

I Think I Can...

I’ve never claimed that Half-Fast is motivational or inspirational or any other kind of -ational. This has been a tough week to get runs in for some reason which is why my mileage for the week is 0, and probably why my other two posts this week have been focused on drinking and quitting. Drinking and quitting sounds really good right about now.

I found this poem in one of my kid’s books that adequately sums up my mood. It’s from Shel Silverstein’s book Where The Sidewalk Ends and is titled The Little Blue Engine.

The little blue engine looked up at the hill.
His light was weak, his whistle was shrill.
He was tired and small, and the hill was tall,
And his face blushed red as he softly said,
“I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.”

So he started up with a chug and a strain,
And he puffed and pulled with might and main.
And slowly he climbed, a foot at a time,
And his engine coughed as he whispered soft,
“I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.”

With a squeak and a creak and a toot and a sigh,
With an extra hope and an extra try,
He would not stop - now he neared the top -
And strong and proud he cried out loud,
“I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!”

He was almost there, when - CRASH! SMASH! BASH!
He slid down and mashed into engine hash
On the rocks below... which goes to show
If the track is tough and the hill is rough,
THINKING you can just ain’t enough!


  1. I love Shel Silverstein -- seeing that picture from the book's cover made me sentimental!

    Don't worry, I think there's value in drinking and quitting. Eventually, it seems to circle around to sobriety and finishing. Hang in there.

  2. I loved that book, so many memories of 4th grade!

    I will email you with my scary stuble time this weekend.

  3. That pretty much sums up my week as well. That poem is just perfect!

  4. Ohhhh Vanilla don't sweat it. My running mileage is also at 0 for the week (so far) I hope to run tomorrow . . . .maybe . . .we'll see :-X :-X

  5. Drinking and quitting has been my mantra all week! Get outta my head :P

    I am totally going to add that book to my Amazon wish list of shit to buy :X

  6. Thanks for sharing The Little Blue Engine. While I'm running today, all I'll think about is CRASH! SMASH! BASH! :-D



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