I’ve been having a rough go of it lately. I’ve been stuck. Afraid to move forward. Afraid of not being enough. Afraid of things out of my control. Afraid of failure, but who defines success and failure?
I’ve been stuck wandering in the fog for so long that I thought I would never see clearly again and even though I knew my vision was impaired I clung to it. It is only after you come out of the fog that you can look at things with open eyes. I’m ready now. After one false start after another, I am truly ready now. I can feel the difference.
I am looking at things clearer than I have in a while. I do not have 20/20 yet, but really does anyone? We all carry so much baggage that colors our world. The trick is knowing what to hold onto and what to let go. What really sucks is when you pack for summer only to find out that you are stuck in winter. It is a work in progress, but I feel like I’m getting there in many aspects of my life.
As for my running….. I can finally say that I am coming to terms that things will be different. Things will be harder. My body will need more recovery time and be more sore than it had in the past. I will wake up and my my body will ache. Things will not feel the same.
Many things will remain the same.
I will still get peace of mind and clarity when running.
I will still feel the accomplishment of finishing a run.
I still will bond with friends while running.
I will still cross finish lines and most of all I will still run for me.
With this acceptance, I am finally able to let go of the ego that I spoke of. I thought I was holding onto something, but really I was keeping myself from moving forward. I am tired of standing still and am ready to move on from the past. One of the reasons that I couldn’t commit to training was because somehow I felt less because I would pick a plan that the pre-hypopara me could have easily kept to, but the me of today can not. Maybe there will be a day, but that day is not today.
I’ve been thinking of the NYC Half a lot. NYRR always puts on great events, but these big events are spectacular. The crowds. The running on closed NYC streets. It is an amazing feeling to run through Times Square like this race does. As I said before, I want to enjoy it. I want to be ready for it. I want to embrace where I am today. Not yesterday. Not tomorrow. Not next year. Today.
So with this thought process, I picked a training plans for Training Peaks for a half marathon with a 2:30 finish time. Now, I will be honest…. I am not sure that I can do a 2:30 finish. It might be just a hair out of where I am, but it might not. It is also much more realistic that 2:15. Besides you will never know what you can do if you don’t push a little more than you think that you can do. So I will push, but I will push wisely.
It is time to face this with open eyes, laced up shoes, and the knowledge that as long as I am doing the best that I can that there is no failure. Failure is not trying.