Success, by Different Standards
Nearly every successful person I know started out adulthood with very little, or even less than that. I don’t just mean that they started out with very little money or power, the success we normally discuss in this world, I mean success at it’s root; the realized desire and completion of a will to succeed at something. Is it possible to be given much and take it even further? I’m certain that it is, I merely haven’t met many of those who have been blessed with that gift. I am talking about people who have been born with a propensity for obesity and are now running every day and training for long races. I’m talking about the people I know who are juggling jobs and four kids and staying in shape, or going beyond and training for Iron Man(s). People who have gone from drugs and alcohol to excelling in school, from a life lived for self to a life lived for others. When I really get down to it, there are so many tales of success in my own acquaintances that I could easily fill a book with the tales of their achievements.
It is so very easy to focus on the challenges we face and the “impossibilities” that harass us, but for me, taking a good look around is all the motivation I need to keep going. I think of my siblings, I think of my friends, I think of my colleagues, some of them face struggles that would knock me right to the ground and yet they bear the burdens and carry on. Sure, there are times when everyone gets knocked down and seasons of life when seemingly nothing goes the way we desire, but those are the times when we can learn the most. I am convinced of this truth when I look at my friends and family.
I’ll touch on some recent training here before I hit the bunk. I’ve been back up to 60+ weeks now and my body seems to be adjusting okay. I had some minor aches and pains this past week, mostly related to my right hip. I’ve been going easier on speedwork and doing plenty of self myofascial release along with a full gamut of stretches. I keep telling myself that I will do more core work and really fix the weak points in my hips and lower back next slow season and the next thing I know I’m getting sidelined or bogged down by pains in mid-training again. This is the last time! I’m doing some solid core-work already and I will continue throughout my training. If I have to go easy in other areas, then so be it. I would rather build my aerobic base and strengthen my core then be injured again, even if it means missing out on the goal time I’ve set for my next marathon. I plan on running a lot more miles next year and snagging some fast PR’s and that means having a healthy strong base to build off of. I’m on an interesting track right now of increasing my mileage by about 800 miles for each year spent running and if I keep that up it means next year I will see approximately 3100. There is no way I can run over 3000 miles in a year without staying relatively injury free. It’s certainly not all about the mileage and I’m not out to run a certain amount each year, but with my next training cycle peaking at 87 miles a week, it is certainly not unrealistic to expect that I will see a yearly average of close to 60 miles a week. I should also note that my entire perspective on training and racing has changed for the better since reading Brad Hudson’s book “Run Faster, From the 5k to the Marathon” I was previously so focused on times, and miles and reaching goals that I spent no time perfecting the process or setting myself up for long-term health and success.
QOTP: “The road to athletic greatness is not marked by perfection, but the ability to constantly overcome adversity and failure.” (Couldn’t find the originator of this, but I absolutely love it and have it printed out on my cube wall at work)
I’ve attached a picture of my most recent success in running. Sometimes it’s the races I go into with little more then fun planned as an outcome, that end up being so great. Okay, let me amend that statement, it’s almost always that the races I put the least pressure on that bring the best results. Note to self: Stay relaxed and have fun, you love running itself, not just the racing.