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The Best Laid Plan

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Friday, December 07, 2012

In training, as in life, the best laid plan will always be just that: a plan.

This is a key lesson I'm learning as I enter Week 5 of my 52-week training plan. Because of a schedule issue, I had to do some re-arranging of workouts this week, leaving me triple booked yesterday. There was that groundbreaking, wonderful one-mile swim early in the morning. But, as I reported, my legs began to feel achy mid-day. Still, I had scheduled a spin class for 5pm and weight lifting at 7:15pm.

As soon as I got to spin class and the instructor led us into the first stand/jump section of the workout, my legs cried out. I did the very best I could for as long as possible, but about 2/3 of the way into the class, I simply couldn't follow everyone else in terms of resistance and standing. So, I did all I could do, which was sprint the entire last third of the class. It was the first time I've ever wondered if I might not be able to finish. But I did finish with a total of 18 miles. And I was proud of myself.

After spin, my body clearly said to me, "I'm done for today. That's enough. I will not perform for you anymore." So...I ditched the weight lifting. And I'm OK with that.

The simple truth is...sometimes our plans don't work the way we hope they will.

Training hours end up getting cut or made up elsewhere.

A job you thought you'd love somehow morphs into something that creates a horrible lump in the pit of your stomach every Sunday night.

A seemingly romance-filled relationship succumbs to the harsh demands of reality and love fades...sometimes even dies completely.

Things happen in life and you question long-held beliefs...you're forced to think about why you believe what you've always said you believed.

These disruptions to the plan are sometimes harmless, sometimes heart wrenching. But the beauty of a well laid out plan is...it's written in pencil. You can erase and you can re-write. And, when you do so, be sure to keep this in mind: if you have to make yourself fit into your plan, it will probably fail. A truly great plan will be designed to fit YOU.

When my legs clearly weren't going to cooperate last night, I listened and gave them a bit of a break...without completely giving up on my goals. Weight lifting was scrapped and my body was thankful for it. This morning, the schedule called for another one hour swim...but I was tired and my body was weary. The moment I got in the water, my arms were feeling yesterday's swim. So, I adjusted.

I mentally erased the plan and re-wrote it. New objective: gentle, easy 30 minute swim. Not trying to break any records...just do what I can do.

Sometimes erasing a part of the plan is as simple as that. Other times, it requires an unparalleled inner strength. There is a beautiful secret to our training, though. The longer you train, the more reserves you build. One day, you realize there is a tough choice...a change to the plan...and you are surprised...because you find inside you a wealth of courage that wasn't there before. That courage leads to action. And that action changes everything.

If you find yourself dreading the morning commute because you just don't want to walk into that office....re-write. Take a step of courage and look for other possibilities, grow your skills, ask friends for leads.

If your marriage was over long ago and no one cares to admit it...re-write. Dare to imagine what you could do if you were given a second chance at life and love.

If you find you're coming up against ideas over and over again that go against the grain of everything you've been taught....re-write. Dive into your sacred texts, think hard and work with your higher power to figure things out...for you, not dependent on what anyone else thinks or believes.

Finally...recognize that sometimes a change in plan will yield results you never expected.

When I set foot in that aquatic center this morning, I was shocked to find it almost empty. For the first time...well, EVER...I had an entire lane to myself for the entire duration of my swim. There were no water aerobics classes near me, no flailing swimmers in other lanes. It was completely quiet. Completely peaceful. I did my usual 850m in 30 mins and decided to call it a day. Because I'd shown up so early, I had a lot of time after my swim, so I treated myself to a post-swim soak in the hot tub.

That hot tub was wonderful...like a reward for every bit of hard work I've put into my training this week. When I sunk into that relaxing water, it was as if every horrible and painful occurrence from this week just fell away and there was relief and peace. At the same time, it afforded me the opportunity to think more deeply about every wonderful and amazing thing that happened to me this week and genuinely thank God for those things.

Sometimes, when we change our plan (as scary as it may be to do so)...it yields unexpected results.

Peace
Joy
New Love
Purpose

Let's all examine our plan. If you don't have one, it would be a good thing to think about creating one. If you do have one, don't forget to regularly check in with it and make sure it's still working for you, as opposed to you working for it.

See you at the finish line, friends.

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 12/31/2012 6:25AM

    Have been struggling with a lot of things recently and didn't read this when you first wrote it. Read it today.............when I seem to be needing this kind of reminder most. Thanks!

Happy New Year................happy re-write!

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LRSILVER 12/18/2012 8:39AM

    This is a great blog. We sometimes set the bar so high for ourselves that we are not able to adjust. It is good to be able to modify the plan when it needs to be modified. I am glad you are able to do it.

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FATHINSN 12/12/2012 8:34PM

    For me, a good plan is something that you can change depends on circumstances so there will be lots of rev-up plans and backup plans :D And you can follow other people's plan but do personalize them based on your needs (which is why I like to read other people's blogs on their plans, give me ideas and tips!)

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PENOWOK 12/12/2012 8:54AM

    Our God is the God of 2nd chances!! I know I've had mine! Begin again...re-write is right!

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SKJCHAPMAN 12/10/2012 11:37PM

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OPTIMIST1948 12/10/2012 10:20AM

    Sometimes your body just needs a rest. You did well to listen to it. Have you ever tried yoga? Very restorative when your body says "Nope. Not today." but you still want to do something for peace of mind.

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FARIS71 12/10/2012 9:35AM

    Very encouraging. Thank you so much!

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REY-REY 12/10/2012 9:00AM

    Thanks for that reminder!

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LIVELYGIRL2 12/9/2012 3:16PM

  Thanks Coach Leah, how many of us scrap our plans, than invent new ones??? emoticon

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GRUMBLEGIRL 12/9/2012 9:35AM

    Thanks for sharing your life thoughts with everyone. Good for for you for listening to your body and adjusting accordingly. Applying that logic from a training schedule to "real life" certainly would alleviate a lot of stress and bad feelings. We should all walk around with a pencil and big eraser and feel free to clean up and start over when needed!!

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RESTORETOSANITY 12/9/2012 8:44AM

  Open-mindedness is a spiritual principal. That was wonderful, thank you!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 12/9/2012 3:08AM

    This was awesome! Yea for listening to your body, and sharing with all of us! You're an inspiration!

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BLUE42DOWN 12/8/2012 9:16PM

    What a beautiful message!

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TRYINGHARD54 12/8/2012 5:36PM

    great blog. thank you

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WALLINMW 12/8/2012 4:42PM

  Marvelous!

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WALLINMW 12/8/2012 4:42PM

  Great blog. Stay encouraged. You will get there, one pound at a time.

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    Strong woman!

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PATRICIAANN46 12/8/2012 12:42PM

  As usual...........So VERY well said. emoticon

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MIMIDOT 12/8/2012 11:16AM

    You always have good points to share. Thank you.

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IAMAGEMLOVER 12/8/2012 10:13AM

    emoticon Remember, two steps forward, one step back is progress. No one is super human except God himself.

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MOMMY445 12/8/2012 10:00AM

    what a great blog! thanks for sharing and have a fabulous day!

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RUNNERRACHEL 12/8/2012 9:58AM

    Plans are important but thanks for the reminder that we can re-write or erase part of the plan that is not meeting our expectations/needs. I have been a little too permissive with myself in erasing and re-writing my workout plans and a little too stubborn in other areas, unwilling to change the plan I set out on. That is much scarier to re-write--maybe I need to be more willing to re-write the areas that I should and not as willing to change my workout plans! Great blog. Glad you had a successful week and adjusted where necessary. emoticon emoticon

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KIPPER15 12/8/2012 9:33AM

    We do get do overs in life. You can do this. Be strong. emoticon Take care of you. emoticon

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DNRAE1 12/8/2012 8:44AM

    Resting and active recovery are so important for our well-being and health. Great blog!

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JIBBIE49 12/8/2012 8:14AM

    emoticon What a star you are. Glad to see you featured in the Spark Mail again.

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MANDELOVICH 12/8/2012 7:24AM

    What a great blog about so much more than exercise. It's really true that the more open we are to change and exploring new options, the better life can be! Thank you.

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BESSHAILE 12/8/2012 7:12AM

    Peace

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MARYBETH4884 12/8/2012 6:42AM

    You are wise and inspiring. Make sure you pass this wisdom on to your children!

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SHERYLDS 12/8/2012 6:37AM

    emoticon you're strong inside and out....
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COLETTEISGREAT 12/8/2012 6:06AM

    I absolutely love it when I read about people listening to their bodies! And I love the re-write idea!!

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SUNNYLIFE72 12/8/2012 5:39AM

  Good for you! I love the quote at the end!

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NCSUE0514 12/8/2012 4:54AM

    Well done

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AMANDACOETZER 12/8/2012 4:16AM

    Thanks. Ineeded to hear that!

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DALID414 12/8/2012 12:01AM

    "It's written in pencil" I love that idea!!

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NAT-AGAIN 12/7/2012 10:44PM

    Wonderful thoughts! Thanks for posting it!


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