For the last two months I’ve been training to run my first half marathon. I found a training plan online an
d followed the plan to a tee. I ran on warm days, cooler autumn days, through rain and shine. I prepared for just about anything that would happen on the day of my run. I had my plan:
My pace was set: 9:17 a mile
I don’t drink anything during my runs, no matter how far I go
I don’t ever have to use the bathroom
I don’t walk at all
The week leading up to the run, I watched the weather closely, ensuring I had the proper “gear.” I was all set!!! Or so I thought …
The morning of the half marathon came and it was the perfect temperature … 60 degrees, a little mist, nothing I hadn’t run in before. As I started the run, I was in a comfortable stride, had my music playing and got into my normal rhythm. And then things shifted …
I was crazy thirsty
5 miles in and I had to use the bathroom (What the heck?!?)
Dropping temperatures throughout my run … that lovely 60 degrees turned into 50
Oh … and I was running directly into 20-25 MPH winds
In my head, all I could think was “what the f’ is going on?! Can I finish? Maybe this just isn’t meant to be…” Throughout the run, I began to question …
Why are all these obstacles showing up? What does it mean?
Where do I / we stop when we’re faced with these obstacles in every area of our life?
Do I / we find a different way to accomplish the ultimate goal even if it doesn’t look the same way we thought it would look? OR …
Do I / we just stop?
With these questions in mind, instead of quitting, I shifted my mindset. I realized that giving in to the resistance meant I would be giving up on my goal and myself. And that cost was too high.
So instead I …
Guess what?! I finished!! Did it look the way I thought? Nope! BUT I accomplished what I set out to … completing my first half marathon!
I leave you with this question … are you giving in to the resistance or fighting against it to achieve what you really want?
Believe in yourself, believe in others…what could that create?