Last week I was consumed with business and family obligations and had an entire week slip by in a blink of an eye. I slipped of track without having any intention of doing so. Even through the weekend I could not make my time work to get in my long run. So, Monday morning finally came around and I knew missing a training run was not an option. So with the help of my wife to take on getting the kids off to where they needed to go I got up and made it out on the trail early enough to not be too late to work. It ended up being an 18 mile run that was fairly effortless. What I got out of that was I was I acknowledged I was heading down a slippery slope with my lack of work I had put in over the week. I was open and honest with my accountability team I have established. Spent some time working on how I could do things better and put massive effort into preparing myself for what I was expecting to be a tough run. My wife helped me get a dinner with the right amount of carbs and nutrition. I kept track of my water I was drinking and mapped out my morning so I had no chance of coming up with a “better plan.”
It turned out to be a great run. And another reminder that we have the opportunity to start over every day. We will slip back into old habits. There will be times we listen to that voice in our head telling us we can take the day off. But when I take the time to examine those failures and get to the root of how it happened it becomes a powerful tool. No shame or regret, just an honest assessment of what the hell happened and stepping up to the plate taking ownership of it so I can see it coming next time. So, it turns out it was an awesome week for training. It was just a mental week more than a physical. And isn’t that what this stuff all breaks down too?