Whoever you are, no journey is ever going to be completely straightforward. There will be ups and downs, but accepting that is all part of the process. There is no point hating every second of what you do, if so, it’s not the right path for you, therefore, you need to embrace the rollercoaster nature of it, and just go with the flow. Accepting there will be ups and downs is the best place to start. Once you’ve done this, the whole process will become a lot more enjoyable. That being said, it’s not as easy as it sounds!
It is worth noting that NO JOURNEY IS LINEAR. It is never going to be a straight path from where you are to where you want to be. If that was the case, everyone in the world would be extremely successful and achieve all their goals, but it doesn’t work like that. With every journey, whether you are working to become a doctor or an athlete, there will be challenges along the way, and the hardest but most rewarding part is how you handle them. Some will retreat and give up when things get tough, others will ride it out and stick with it. It’s up to you to decide which route you will take, but we all know which one pays off. Resilience and persistence, no matter what happens, is so incredibly important. Try not to give up when things get tough. I focus on being positive and sticking with it.
This lack of linearity doesn’t necessarily just apply to the larger picture. It is relatable to training on a daily basis. It shows how some days your body may not be feeling as strong as it usually does, and this is ok. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have lost all fitness and your goals are unattainable. It is simply your body telling you that today it needs to go a bit slower. There is no point fighting against the difficult sessions and the downs in your journey, try to just go with it.
I find my best and happiest running tends to come when I don’t force it or overthink it. When I go with the flow, turn up day in and out, don’t focus too much on how I might feel, get it done and then be ready to go again the next day.
This is ALL JUST PART OF THE PROCESS. Ultimately, if you stick with it, ride out whatever you are going through, because remember, a down can only be followed eventually by an up.
Whilst times are tough for everyone at the moment, and it is still difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel, everyday is a step closer to it. Stay strong and stick with it, no matter how you feel, because it will all be worth it at the end of this bizarre time and you won’t regret it.
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