I love that opening quote. So many times I hear people say, I just got lucky, to explain their accomplishments. They got lucky on a test, getting a certain job or any other positive event in life.
The definition of luck ~ success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one’s own actions. I guess you could argue there is luck in some things, like being in the right place at the right time or meeting someone by chance and winning the lottery. But I think most “wins” in life are a conglomeration of little steps that brought you to that final “lucky” place. So the Irish saying (Yes it’s Irish) in the title, “There is no luck except where there is discipline” just proves my point (or so I like to think:-) )through hard work and discipline…things happen. Luck, really has nothing to do with it. What does this have to do with this weeks running mileage recap? Well, this week was tough for me mentally when it came to my long run. The running schedule called for 17 miles and I r-e-a-l-l-y didn’t feel like running. I’m tired of the heat, the nasty gels, the electrolytes, before workout products, recovery protein, my feet hurt and oh by the way I’ve already lost two toenails – WAY before the normal nail losing process. I lose the same two every long run event, but normally after it’s done.
I know quit whining…right? I just didn’t want to do it. But, I got up at 4:30 am and went through the pre-run ritual and was out the door around 5:45. It wasn’t luck that was going to take me to the end, it was going to be discipline. Discipline to get up and do what needs to be done to reach the end goal. This goal just happens to be the Dublin Marathon…and I’m not that lucky. I had a guy tell me one time that he just went and ran a marathon, no training – just did it. News flash ***There will always be people, better then you***. In everything you do, so know yourself and just get used to that fact. With all things in life, for most of us, discipline is the key to your version of winning.
I kept mulling it over in my mind that any time I feel like this, it may be a good day! For the most part the long run was a good run. The temperature was 66 when I started and I ran that first 10 miles easy with a break for water, some dried banana chips, and a gel. Got back out on the road and two miles in my stomach felt a little queasy (thank you gel) but that feeling quickly went away. The next five miles were good, but a little slower. My feet started to hurt a bit and I actually thought about quitting and finishing up at the gym. I kept going and the last two miles were difficult. My breathing was good – but I’m still dealing with the arch pain in my feet. Not a good sign with brand new shoes (another post). When my legs and feet starting hurting I focused on using my core and hip swing that does amazing things for the pain in the lower body. I swung by the house before the last two miles and had some water. Needless-to-say I had too much water….sigh another lesson learned (many times before – ha!). Need to watch how you consume. So at mile 16 I was doing the sprint home! All ended well and I got it done. Discipline. My average pace this time around was 13:05. Hey, I own that pace. I ended with 32.94 miles for the week that brings the monthly total to 100.06 so far. I find this song was appropriate for this week. One of my favorite Irish bands. On the playlist for sure. With all the aches and pains that “Linger” I continue on with 6478.05 gratefully remaining.
Happy Miles to You!!!