Monday, March 14, 2011

You got this!

Picking up insoles in bushes after Disney On Ice

Some might say i am a control freak. I am an organizer by nature, i enjoy cleaning, and i am a huge planner. Planning, organizing and cleaning give me a sense of control over my life. No one else can take that away. I know, i know i should probably seek professional help one of these days.

When things don't go as planned or as meticulous as i'd like, i usually freak out. My family members know this all to well about me. This weekend my running mantra spilled over into my hectic unplanned life.

Plan: Run 16 miles on Saturday morning
Surprise! Stomach flu. Hugged the toilet for 4 hours while drinking gallons of Pepto.
You got this! I'll just run before church on Sunday.

Plan: Movies with mom, go home, get some sleep for long run tomorrow
Surprise! Arrive home from movies, to find out my lovely husband said yes to a girlfriend sleepover. Up until 1am playing the sleepover drill sergeant.
You got this! Sleep in an extra hour, then drive friend home before run.

Plan: Extra hour of sleep, then take friend home
Surprise! It's daylight savings time and we loose an hour.
You got this! Skip church or cut run short or run really fast. I opt for running fast.

Plan: Run 16 miles (really fast)
Surprise! At mile 3 my insole on right foot is giving me a serious blister.
You got this! Take out insoles and hide them in bushes. Will pick them up later.

Plan: Disney On Ice with girls
Surprise! Cousins wants to come at last minute.
You got this! Buy tickets online, 2 rows back, one adult will have to sit alone.

In the webster dictionary a mantra is defined as a mystical formula of invocation or incantation. My favorite description comes from wikipedia. A sound, syllable, word, or group of words that are considered capable of "creating transformation". 

Wow! Two of my favorite words in the same sentence: capable and transformation

This weekend did not go as planned. But i kept my running mantra close to my heart and it all seemed to work out in the end.

What's your running mantra?


  1. I have an image of you stashing your insoles in the bushes. Me? It's light and fast...neither of which i am right now but one can dream right?

  2. I have several, depending on what I need at the moment. "Believe" is one, for sure. "Just do it" is another (thanks, Nike).

    Now I know what you'll be thinking as you run through the gardens at Thanksgiving Point =)