I’ve run 12 marathons. And as I prepare for each of them, I would have to say that the one piece of advice that I hear over and over – and that actually IS really good advice – is “Trust in your training“. From the start line, continuing through each mile and right through the very last step as you cross the finish line, you have to believe in yourself, believe that you have put in enough hard work, believe that you are physically and mentally trained to handle whatever the marathon will throw at you, believe that you are strong enough to battle through the tough spots and, most importantly perhaps, you have to keep the faith.
Today I am reminded that “trust in your training” applies equally to life. I’m also reminded that something like not being able to run, temporarily, because of a stress fracture, is not the end of the world. Deep breaths.