It’s a Bumpy Ride

If you have been following the Jim & Micheal debate (If you haven’t your totally missing out because they are just hilarious) go and read Jim’s post from last night about how mean I am and how I called him a big wuss!  Jim’s blog is one of my absolute favorites and I turn to it for work out ideas and inspiration daily.

Ashley you better watch out girl!  See what you have to deal with tomorrow when I pace you to a PR at the Hobble Creek Half Marathon!

Anyway, although I was totally kidding about my comment on Jim’s blog (i knew he would understand me) it got me to thinking about the emotional roller coaster that is running.  In running we have good days and bad days, good runs and bad runs.  One day we come home from a run feeling like we are on top of the world and positive the Olympics will be calling to recruit us.  And the next day we are slapped back into reality and huffing and puffing after half a mile.  Just like life running is equally full of triumph and joy and disappointment and defeat.  Without an emotion attached it really wouldn’t be very exciting anyway right?

So what do we do when we have a bad run, a full week of bad running or a terrible race?  Should we succumb to our fears, hang up our shoes, “wuss out” and take an easy ticket onto the merry-go round.   Or should we jump back on the roller coaster, embrace the suck, push our limits and live on the edge.

” Life can be like a roller coaster…
And just when you think you’ve had enough,
and your ready to get off the ride and take the calm, easy merry-go round…
You change your mind, throw you hands in the air
and ride the roller coaster all over again.
That’s exhilaration…that’s living a bit on the edge…that’s being ALIVE.”

My week of training has definitely been a roller coaster and full of highs and lows. I have experienced personal victories and defeats.  I haven’t blogged much because I just haven’t had anything intelligent, inspiring, creative or meaningful to say.  I have simply been working, running, and living life.  If your interested in reading about my training for the week click Here.

I am proud to say that I have broken through my own limits and tackled two afternoon runs this week.  Running after work is way out of my comfort zone and I have definitely had to remind myself that pushing limits is necessary for success.  I have wanted to coast on the merry-go round but I have embraced the roller coaster and it has been exhilarating and well worth the ride.  Rewarding myself with $1 frozen yogurt cones from Maverick after my afternoon workouts has also helped. 🙂

So what will you choose when running or life gets hard?  Will you give up and say it’s just not for you or will you hop back on the ride, throw your hands in the air, and overcome your inner demons.

What training obstacles have you overcome this week?