As I alluded to earlier, I have BIG goals and big ideas for my running self. I’ll be blogging a lot more about that when Chicago training officially kicks off next week.
One of the things that I’ve been thinking a lot about is how to get from Point A (where I am now) to Point B (big goal). And, as you can imagine, since I am Type A to the extreme, I have a plan. 🙂 I’m making some changes to my training this time around. To the running. The extras. The attitude. Even (gasp) the diet and the drinking. And I’m excited about the changes and about the results that I think the changes will bring. But when I think about it, I want it all to hurry up and happen.
Those of you have been following my blog for any length of time know that I am not a patient woman. Understatement. When I want something, I want it now. I hate waiting around for things to happen. I want immediate action. I want things to move forward. I want the things that I want.* 🙂
So, I thought today’s daily meditation “Learn the Power of Respect” was particularly timely. (Sick of hearing that yet?) Photo of the entry to show you that I’m not making this up and it really did happen again with the whole timeliness of the meditation thing:
Today’s meditation was about trusting and respecting the process. I LOVED it for my life stuff that’s been happening since the divorce and continuing as I try to move forward. But, as I was reading it, it also struck me that it gives me the answer to my questions about my running, and how I move from Point A to Point B in my running. Parts of the entry**:
” . . .I had learned more than just to trust the process. I had learned to respect it. Do more than trust the process, the journey you’re on. Become so awestruck by it that you respect it, too. Respect your feelings and the timely manner in which they surface, heal, and lead you into new discoveries. Respect your experiences, the places you’ve been, the scenarios you’ve been through. Respect the way you’ve gained gold and jewels, the treasures of the soul, from each one. Respect the darker moments, the more difficult times when you’re uncertain and don’t know what to do next. Respect the timing as your life and journey unfolds. Don’t murmur about why such and such has to be the way it is. Don’t limit how your growth can happen.”
Running wise, what I love about this meditation is two-fold. First, “Don’t limit how your growth can happen”. Love it! Definitely taking this to heart this time around in my marathon training because, in so many ways, I HAVE been limiting my potential as a marathon runner. Not this time. This time I am not only super motivated, but super open to new ideas, pushing myself to new limits and very focused on achieving BIG goals. Second, but mostly, what I love is the whole trusting and respecting the process thing. Because a marathon training cycle is long. And often times it’s hard to see the big picture. It’s hard to see the impact of one workout and so it’s tempting to slack off or even skip it. It’s hard to imagine being able to run that fast for that far. And you question yourself and the training and whether it can, in fact, get you to where you want to be. But – truly – you have to not only trust the process of training, but you have to respect it as well. You have to trust that the workouts are there for a reason. You have to have the discipline to follow the plan. And respect it. Do what it says. Not more. Not less. Trust it. Respect it. And if you do, you will have success.
Love love love this!
*All of the foregoing applies not just to running, but to life. But since this is a running blog, I’ll spare all of you from hearing about just what it is that I want out of life and how I’m moving things forward to get it. You’re welcome.
**From the ultra inspirational Melody Beattie Journey to the Heart daily meditation book