Sunday, July 10, 2011
I started very strong in late May, but slowed to a crawl in mid-June. What happened? What changed? My attitude, that's what. Personal circumstances have been taking me on an emotional roller coaster. The highs of the roller coaster are nice, but the lows... not so much. I began to push my November half-marathon goal out of my mind, and with each day beat myself up more and more. "Lucy, you can't do it, why did you even try? The goal was unrealistic anyway, you'll never make it now..." Such negative talk! I would NEVER discourage someone else like this, but it's okay to chastise myself? NO! So I am teaching myself to cut myself some slack, providing to myself the same support that I so freely extend to others in similar situations. My goal is excellence, not perfection. So I had a few bad weeks. So what? I can pick myself up, dust myself off, and start over. Which I have. And I will no doubt have to do it again in the future. And again. As long as I continue moving forward, physically, emotionally and spiritually, the journey is worth it.