About a year ago I was writing about the 2011 Springtime Tallahassee 10K. I was worried that I'd be last. Springtime Tallahassee 2012 was last weekend and I didn't run it. Instead, I ran the Warrior Dash.
It's really been a busy year.
I ran Springtime Tallahassee.
I climbed a mountain.
I embraced Hot Yoga.
I ran a Turkey Trot.
I passed my comps exams.
I joined CrossFit.
I subsequently fell in love with CrossFit.
I ran my first half-marathon, the Disney Princess.
I ran a Warrior Dash.
Sometimes it is hard for me to keep things in perspective. I only remember the most recent fact that my last two longer runs were horrible.
But look at that list. It's hard not to be proud of my accomplishments when I add them all up like that.
Really, this has been a pretty awesome year.
Next Sunday I have another half-marathon. Yesterday's 10 miler was really hard. I basically threw in the towel with frustration- why would my body not do what I told it to do? I was exhausted and today I was in some serious pain. I keep reminding myself that if I evaluate the my whole progress one (or two) bad run doesn't really matter. I look at everything and one bad training run isn't the end-all of my experiences.
It's like one meal in a year's worth of eating. A few bad meals- even a lot of bad meals- do not determine my overall success or worth. Neither does one workout dictate my overall value as an athlete.
It is not the individual pieces of my efforts but the sum of the whole that evidences my acccomplishments.