Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Self-Help Edition

This is ostensibly a running blog, not some kind of group therapy. But times are tough. I appreciate the messages of advice and encouragement. I want to do the right thing. Barring any disaster during a run tomorrow, I'm doing the marathon. My guess is I'll be fine, although probably unable to run the way I'd like. I don't feel I'll risk long-term damage. I'm hopeful it will work out. We all hate disappointment, especially when it happens suddenly after a period when training was going great. Life can be that way. Something can go from awesome to oh-shit very quickly. It's probably normal to find it unfair and waste a lot of energy trying to figure out how I screwed up. That's only useful to a degree. I'm a big believer in dealing with things as they are, not as I wish they'd be. The best I can do is accept this as, in many ways, out of my hands, while doing my best to make it turn out as I hope. I'd love to believe I'll wake up tomorrow or the next day with it all better. Part of me thinks that's possible; another part of me knows it doesn't work that way.

4 comments:

Merrill said...

Brian

Are you aware that the term is used by Jan Ulrich to refer to his off season when he would eat everything in site? Good luck at the marathon

Adrian said...

Good luck! It's been fun to watch into this, hoping it all goes well for you tomorrow.

Dana M said...

Good luck! I know its a tough decision. You know where I stand on the issue so I won't repeat. Just remember that if it starts interfering with your form, consider taking the DNF.

The Laminator said...

Good luck on Sunday. Just take your time...run comfortably and you'll be fine. Try to dress warmly because I heard it might be a bit chilly.