Isn’t it hard to be faithful in the small things? Faithful, as you may have guessed, is today’s Wednesday Word.
Is this faithful?
There is being faithful in the small things I need to do to keep me running injury free, and I runfess that I haven’t been as faithful to these small things as I should be lately. That might actually be a runfession this Saturday.
Then there’s being faithful to your running plan. Only I’m making it up as I go. Which I don’t actually think is such a bad thing; see my post on being your own coach for thoughts on that.
I’m doing the same thing I do with my healthy eating: taking a little bit from all the training plans I’ve tried over the past 6 years, and cobbling it all into my own personal training plan. Of course I am not a certified running coach, so we’ll see how that works for me.
The upside to making my plan up on the fly is that I listen to my body that week, that day, and decide what the best plan is according to what my body is telling me it needs. Don’t forget that respect is my word for 2016 and I’m trying hard to respect my body and my running.
Those that are most slow in making a promise are the most faithful in the performance of it.
— Jean-Jacques Rosseau
A Slow Promise
I really liked the quote above; it spoke to me on several levels.
In fact, Darlene and I were chatting about whether or not we would be better runners if we’d started earlier in life, or whether not having all that pounding for years would make us better runners as we age on our long run this weekend.
We are both adult onset athletes: I didn’t start running until my late 40s, Darlene was in her mid 50s. It took us a long time, but boy, we are definitely faithful to our running: running in the cold, the heat, the wind, the rain, the snow.
We also discussed being faithful to the miles. Whatever is on my plan, once I make it? That’s what I do. Unless I’m in pain, I never cut a run short. I just do it.
And then, of course, there’s my weight maintenance. It took me decades to get where I am right now, maintaining a healthy weight for more than just a hot minute. One thing I learned over those decades: Weight Watchers meetings work for me, and I am faithful to attending those meetings, every single week, unless I am not here.
Just like my long run, I will rearrange my week so I can get to a meeting if I have to. I once refused to pick Mr. Judy up at the airport because it interfered with my meeting. True story.
What small things are you (or do you need to be) faithful to?