They say that tough runs make runners stronger.
They say that in order to have good runs, you must have some bad runs.
They say that you just have to push through the tough runs to get better, stronger, faster.
But tough runs suck.
They can leave you mentally defeated.
They often leave you physically strained.
Your mind tells you that you need to push through the tough runs because it will only make you better.
Your body tells you to stop, walk, quit, give-up, whatever it needs to do to be at rest.
Yes, tough runs will make you stronger.
Yes, not every run will be a good run.
No, it is not okay to give up and throw in the towel.
Even in life (the non-running related life some of us choose to live occasionally), things get tough.
We face decisions everyday that either make us or break us.
We face bumps in the road and turns in our path.
Our plans may go awry so we make compromises and learn to go with the flow.
If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.
We can try to plan our lives to fit our ideal vision.
We can try to plan our running schedule to reach a certain finishing time.
But some days, you just have to go with the flow.
Listen to your body, listen to your mind.
Cutting a planned 8 mile run short to 6.5 miles instead when your race is 2 months away is not going to keep you from your goal.
Don’t get down on yourself when you hit a bump in the road.
Trust that things work out.
Learn from the tough times.
Learn how to become a better person.
Learn from your mistakes,
and don’t look back.
I leave today with two thoughts:
- When the going gets tough, get tougher.
- Tough times don’t last but tough people do.