[I am registered for a Duathlon (run/bike/run) on July 11th and just started a 10 week training program last week]
The normal time at which I would be able to get out for 30 mins or so was now occupied by something else, due to some changes in Jen’s work schedule, taking care of the kids/dogs, nap schedules, etc.
I started to get cranky about it because I didn’t want to miss a training day when I am only in the 2nd week of my program.
“I HAVE to run today... if I don’t run, it screws up my entire week of training. I’m only on week 2, and if I miss a day already that just shows a lack of commitment on my end.”
But I went over things 10 times in my head - it just wouldn’t work.
“I can’t leave the house to go for a run while Liv naps! That’s my only time to get my exercise in….this is just not gonna work!”
I called Jen and she calmly suggested that I take Liv with me for my run ahead of her nap.
You might be thinking: DUUUUUUHHHH!!!!! 🤦♀️
Well, yeah, it was actually a pretty damn simple solution to a problem that I managed to make into a giant impossibility that was going to cause me to ruin my whole training program.
But the critical point I want to make is that often we can’t see the simple solution to our problem….We are stuck so deep in the fact that a giant obstacle is in our way, blocking any and every chance we have of success, that we fail to find the opportunity.
It often takes a conversation with someone else, and maybe even a suggestion from that person, to shake the “all or nothing,” woe-is-me thinking. And it happens to everyone….even me!
So next time you’re faced with a problem that is threatening to ruin your day or your progress, talk it out with someone you trust….there’s an opportunity within that obstacle….you’ve just gotta be clear-headed enough to see it.
- Coach Michelle
P.S. Once we got out there, the run was wonderful! It was Liv’s 1st time in the running stroller, and she loved it!