Giving up the Reins, but taking back control…

Right now we are in the midst of what they are calling a Flash Freeze.   Sounds like something done in the food industry, but this is what the weather people are calling our plunging temperatures and freezing surfaces.    Got to have a catchy phrase.   Just like the snowstorms have to have catchy names now.    Last nights storm was called Linus?   Who names these snow storms and why?

Non Funny Joke of the Day…

You know what a snowstorm was named when I was growing up?

A Snow Storm

Ha Ha (not really, but true).

Anyway, where was I going….

There are so many things not just in our training, but in our everyday normal lives that we can’t not control.   As much as we would like to micro-manage everything and think it’s all in our control, most things in life are not.

Scary Stuff I know.

We must honor that lack of control.

We must embrace that lack of control.

We must just accept that lack of control.

Honestly, throw your hands up in the air and give up control.

All is not lost though.

We do have some control.


Each and every one of us has total control of the way we react to the challenges that the Universe throws at us.

As true as this is, you might be wondering what any of this has to do with running.   I’m getting there.

We all have goals (big, small, and every where in between) when it comes to our running.     We all have days where as much as we want to, we just can’t do what we felt we needed to do that day.   Maybe we missed a training run, had to shorten it, or just had an “off” running day.   Maybe we missed a class at the gym.   Maybe even getting sick or injured causing a total lack of training.   Maybe hard as we tried, we didn’t make a PR that we wanted or any such things.   These things happen.   These are just some of the things that are out of our control.   These things cause us stress.   These are the things that might even put us over the edge.

We need to come back from the edge though.

That is our only choice.

Life is better….

When you realize that since you can’t change the challenges thrown at you

When you  learn to face them head on and with a smile when possible

(which isn’t always the case).


If you miss a run…

if you miss a goal..

life happens



Hard to argue with Nelson Mandela, isn’t it.

So dust yourself off, get back up, and keep moving.

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