Run Fantstic: It’s Not About Perfection
That’s it January is done, so well done on completing January! It’s time to brace yourself for another month of commitment in February, so let’s jump back on the motivation train and get those weekly distance challenges underway. Let’s get moving and have another month of awesomeness!
If you haven’t quite achieved 100% in January, don’t worry. This challenge is all about the journey and as we move through February and into March maintaining 100% will become increasingly difficult. Now is a good time to revisit your goals. How are you getting on? Have you had to make any adjustments? If things aren’t going to plan, adjust your plan – and remember the tips from my previous blog post about keeping to your fitness goals.
Let go of perfection and enjoy the journey
“I let go of the space between where I am and where I need to be inspire me.” Adrianne Haslet-Davis, Ballroom Dancer, Writer, and Boston Marathon Bomings Survivor
We don’t normally plan for things going wrong when it comes to our fitness routines. Can you imagine writing up a training plan and scheduling in an injury or the worst of all diseases: manflu? What about thinking about your race day strategy and planning to hit the wall at a set distance?
Knowledge, experience and support can help you overcome the setbacks. For example, in the autumn of 2014 I learned that when I got lazy on my post-run stretching routine I picked up injuries. Needless to say I now never skimp on it although I do still pick up occasional niggles.
I’ve also learnt through having my own business that it’s not always essential that you achieve your goals. If you put all your focus into achieving the goal then it can be devastating when you don’t achieve it. For me, my business goals are there to guide the journey, to help me make better decisions and to make sure that I take responsibility to control the things I can control.
It’s OK to be disappointed when things happen, and in fact, allowing yourself to feel disappointed can help you get over it quicker. But don’t get so caught up in the maintaining or achieving 100% that you forget to enjoy those little accomplishments such as a regular route done a little faster, a new parkrun PB or just feeling stronger, fitter or healthier.
Quitting is easy. Staying the course and maintaining your consistency is much harder but with such a fantastic Conkers Run Fantastic Community on Facebook we’re here to help and support you. So if your mojo is more mo-gone then get on the Facebook page and let us support you.
Until next time…