Over the past year, the biggest lesson that I’ve learned in life is that it never turns out the way that you expect. And sometimes that’s OK.
As marathon runners, we live and die by a plan. A plan to run a long run at a certain pace on a certain day at a pre-determined location. A plan that tells us how slow we need to run on our rest days, and even what we should eat. If the plan goes askew, life feels like it’s over (I know, a little dramatic, but seriously true) because how in the world are we ever going to run our race and hit our A goal?! There are times when the plan works. No injuries, great race day and everything just falls into place… and it’s just worth it.
I honestly can’t remember the last time I’ve had a training cycle like that. Where everything just works. There are always some bumps along the way and I always feel like these — whether it’s getting injured or missing a chunk of training because of [insert life reason] — make us a stronger person and sometimes help us do better on race day than if we would have had the most perfect training cycle.
And I feel like that’s a solid representation of life. We can have the perfect plan in place and think that everything will work because we planned it sooo why would it?!… and it just doesn’t happen that way.
But the best part about that? Sometimes what we planned isn’t the best that we can have in our life. Our plans don’t take into account the things that we can’t even imagine… the same can be said of marathon training. Sometimes our goals are short-sighted and don’t go outside of our box of expectations, because, why would they?
The surprises in these moments make the struggle to get there so worth it.
With this in mind, I’ve learned to just roll with it. There are going to be good moments, there are going to be terrible days, but no matter how you look at it, they all are a part of the journey.
Have you ever had a perfect training cycle?
Are you a planner or a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type?
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