Something random I’ve been thinking A LOT about lately as I’m figuring out my 2020 running goals and what my plans are after a heartbreak race…
I’m really grateful to running for is how resilient it makes us.
If I do my math correctly, I am positive that I’ve had more races that weren’t so magical vs races that were. And the thing about running is that it isn’t just something random on the side in our lives that we don’t really care about the outcome—> We get out of bed earlier than what sounds comfortable most days of the week, we go out in the heat/humidity/freezing cold/snow, we run up hills that most people would never consider going up without a motor, we put on our running shoes and log the miles on those mornings when we are so very tired and we follow training schedules that scare us when we look a few weeks ahead. We put a lot of ourselves into the training.
And then we sometimes have those experiences after all of those months of training and hard work where we miss our goals, by a little or sometimes by a lot.
But then we have to make a decision to either give up trying or to be resilient and come back from the set-back stronger than ever.
Let’s keep choosing to try again and again (with breaks when needed). As you start building up for your spring racing season and you dream up bigger goals than other people think you should dream about for yourself… Don’t be afraid to fail because each time we do, we get that much closer to making it happen.
The real success is showing up and trying again. Take the lessons that you learned from the times you missed your goals and grow!
Oh and those races that don’t go your way, in my experience they sure add a lot of fuel to my fire to make it happen the next time.
(Photo from Luke Webster)
PS My coach had this quote on our training plan for CIM and it really describes runners perfectly because we are tough.
Just the two of us yesterday for church. Andrew flew to California to pick up Brooke (when I was pregnant with Skye taking Brooke to California and was so crazy sick on the airplane/at the hotel… Andrew decided it was going to be his job to take her out from then on).
She really took advantage of the last few hours where she had free range of Brooke’s stuff by playing with her toys, using her water bottle and wearing her boots.
I took a 2 hour nap and it was in the top 10 best naps ever because I felt so much better when I woke up and I had a dream that Andrew and I got to sit in the back seat during the filming of Carpool Karaoke.
Skye took a 4 hour nap. She was excited to FaceTime Brooke when she woke up.
We made PB no-bakes to take to my sister’s house. I am very grateful I no longer have to clean the pb spoons… Skye takes care of it for me.
We went over to dinner at my sister’s house and my brother-in-law made a copycat recipe from Carrabba’s… The Chicken Bryan and it was heavenly!
And then Brooke came home and it felt so so good. That was a long stretch for us but I’m very grateful she had such a great time!
Brooke asked if we could go skiing after school today and I can’t wait. PS this is what Skye does whenever she gets thirsty while skiing.
How has running helped you to be more resilient?!
Have you come up with your running goals for this next year?
Have any recipes/meals that you like to make at home that are similar to your favorite restaurant meals?
I would LOVE some help from you guys on a question I received from a reader that I really want to help—> “I just got my period and feel like every time I get my period it just messes my training plan up! I know I get worse cramps than others so I’m definitely atypical in that I don’t run at all usually on my period but others have to be affected while on it too right? I’m wondering if others just slow down or are things they do so that cramps aren’t that bad.”