Happy Tuesday, friends! So many of you ran in Chicago, Baltimore and on Staten Island this weekend and the Fall racing season has only just begun!
The runners I’ve coached officially start their races this weekend. At this point, I’m just the person who talks everyone off the I-can’t-do-this edge. That’s my job.
But what if they really can’t do it?
Training for months, making travel plans, missing out on weekend events and parties just to get to the BIG DAY and NOT run? That’s frustrating.
And what is everyone going to tell you?
“There’s always next time.”
It’s hard not to want to punch someone in the face who tells you, in your darkest moment, “You’ll get ’em next time.”
Really, cuz I didn’t train for next time, I trained for THIS TIME.
I feel you, guys. But here’s the reality of the situation:
- You’re too injured to run.
- Your body just can’t take it this cycle.
- The race is cancelled.
- The hurricane is NOT changing course.
- You’re pregnant.
- There’s no way you could have predicted XXX crisis/emergency.
So, yeah. There’s next time.
Next time you’ll train smarter.
Next time you’ll choose a different time of year.
Next time you’ll know better than to try and do a marathon during finals/end of quarter/holiday season.
Next time you’ll hire a coach.
Next time you’ll cross train.
Next time you’ll see a PT when something STARTS hurting, not after 3 months.
Next time you won’t fall to pieces halfway through.
Count yourselves lucky that there will be a next time. For some runners, they’re not sure they’ll get to run this time, forget about next time.
So put on your big girl/big boy pants and figure out what you can do next time to make it better than this time. You can do it. I know you will do it next time.
And having a next time is way Better Than the Alternative, isn’t it?
Now go out and run.