Wednesday, January 8, 2020

RUN(derful) & RIDE(rful) Wednesday

HAPPY WEDNESDAY GUYS! Ahhhh! We made it! It's all downhill from here (and that's GREAT news when it comes to running and biking). 😄

No matter what goes on in our lives, it's important to live in the moment and to focus on what's important to us. It's important to appreciate the time we spend doing what we do, whether that's work (or an aspect of work), learning new skills at the track with friends, picking up a new hobby or attending a class. Lately, I've been thinking about keeping positive when overcoming obstacles, things we can control and things we can't, and pushing through it all.  

This week's thoughts include:
I don't think anyone anywhere who regularly competes in a sport can say with all earnestness that they have never had an obstacle in their way. It would be awesome, but no one has ever had it that easy. With that all on the table, I propose that the best way to push on and remain consistent with your hobby, weather it's running, riding a bike, or really anything, is to "Do what you can with what you have where you are". Thanks, Mr. Roosevelt. ✌😎 This is a wonderful quote. However, the problem with most inspirational quotes is that they are much easier read than done. Think about a time when you had something against you going into a run or race. How did you adjust? DID you adjust? What can you actively practice now to ensure more of this mindset is around when you need it most?

There have been a few times in the past, like now, that I am getting ready to enter a race after having been sick for the last 2 ish weeks. I haven't been able to train, and instead have been focusing on taking medicine and getting better. I would have PREFERRED to not have been sick at all, but as you all know, we don't choose when we get sick, and NO time is a convenient time to catch a virus.

Going into this weekend I am preferring to focus on what I do have versus what I don't. I'm choosing to mark this occasion as my first workout of the year and do the best I can with it, with all my past training and knowledge to guide me. Just because you're not at your best each time, don't let it scare you away from competing. I think if I entered races only when everything was "perfect", the moon was in retrograde, blah blah blah blah, I would hardly be out there! One thing I DO have control over in this situation is my bed time, and because of a 6:30 a.m. flight tomorrow morning, that bed time will be at 8 p.m. 😴 Rest heals so much, and I plan to stock up!

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