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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Taming the Try

"Do or do not...there is no try." The famous line from Yoda in Star Wars hit me over the head today. I use "try" all the time. Just last weekend I told someone I was going to try and be ready for another marathon in March. Try means likely failure. Try means that the chance of me reaching that goal is a matter of luck. I might get there....I might not.

Forgetting injury, trying to train means I'm going to run as often as I feel like it. This is exactly what happened to me this morning. Finally some warmer morning, but I convinced myself that yet another rest day was needed or that I could run tonight after work. The excuses outlasted my motivation because I'm simply trying to train.

When you're going to eat you try to eat? No, you eat. You don't try to tie your shoes, brush your teeth or blow your nose. My kids try to make their beds. Guess what? They don't get made until I take the try (allowance) away.

So today, I'm going to try and take try out of my training mindset. Wait, I I am going to take try out of my training. I'm going to be ready for a Spring marathon...end of story.

Run in Pease, Rest in Grace