It’s ok to not________.

by nomeatbarefeet

So I just read a nice little post by Eric over at roctherun and two things popped into mind.

The second half of the post talked about his recent trip to Lake Placid for a “snowshoeing” trip. I put “snowshoeing” in quotes because the lack of snow made it rather difficult to use said shoes. What was interesting was that this trip to Lake Placid precipitated the writing of the first half of the post, which is about motivation.

Many of us find ourselves beholden to a workout schedule, and should we be unable to do the intended workout we can easily get down on ourselves. Now, there is nothing wrong with setting high standards—goals cannot be achieved through staying within our comfort zones and failing to push ourselves beyond what we thought we were capable of. But, as Eric succinctly puts it, despite losing a workout “it did not really matter.” Why? Because “Sometimes you need to mess up your plans to remember it’s ok… you are still going to be awesome, you are still going to succeed, and yes, you still have goals and plans.”

But what does Lake Placid have to do with any of this, you may ask? Well, I feel that Lake Placid was the turning point for our initial running endeavors. I have talked before about how Katie and I tried to run the Lake Placid Marathon, but injuries forced us to settle for the Half. We failed to understand that its ok to mess up our plans, to fail, to slow down, to feel/hear what our bodies were telling us to do.

Failing in Lake Placid allowed us to find motivation and success later on. Often it feels like setbacks and failings leave you stranded in an oasis of uncertainly and self doubt. But fear not! Trust that the immediate now failure may result in a later success. It’s hard; I know. Running, like life, does not come easy and there are many, perhaps lots, of hardships and complications.

So try, try, try, whatever you do–you cannot move anywhere (forward or backward) if you don’t try.
Realize that progress can be slow, or it can come in a rush of realization–it’s often a surprise!
Long term success can often come from listening to your body–here, right now, at this very moment–and deviating or even scrapping the plan you began with.

But what do you really think? Should you always follow the plan? If you start a workout program or a running schedule should you try, at all cost, to follow it? I know what has worked for me, but I would love to hear thoughts that other people have.