Finding the Good in the Bad


Yesterday I ran (if you can call what I did running) the Country Music Half Marathon. So what was the outcome of my seventh half?

It. Was. My. Slowest.

I worsted my previous worst effort by four minutes. I felt sluggish during the entire event. I strained my lower back on Monday and those muscles were still complaining yesterday. My training did not prepare me for such a hilly course (which I’ve run twice before…I should have known better). Thinking back to how I felt physically, I may also have been a bit dehydrated. In short, it wasn’t my day. But enough with the complaining. I’ve processed the experience and I’ve extracted a few positive thoughts.

  • I had committed to not worrying about my finishing time. I kept this self-promise and remained stress-free.
  • I realize the bad days make me more appreciative of the good days.
  • While I didn’t feel well (and lost all sense of humor at the 11-mile mark) at no time did I wonder whether or not I would finish.
  • While on the course, I met my Facebud Linda. Prior to yesterday we only knew each other via cyberspace.
  • There are people in my life who don’t care about my finishing time. They think it’s cool that I can cover 13.1 miles (thank you to hubs, JoAnn and the many Facebuds who gave me props).
  • I am more resolved than ever to tighten up my food plan, make every workout a quality session, and lose more weight before I begin training for my first full marathon.

Now that I think about it, it wasn’t such a bad day after all.

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4 Responses to Finding the Good in the Bad

  1. Chris says:

    Be thankful you included point #5 about your finishing time. I was about to lambast. 🙂

  2. Pam Brown says:

    You could never lambast me! And you know you are one of the Facebuds who mean so much to me.

  3. Beverly Grant says:

    You remain my hero and inspiration to lose the weight I need to be healthier and to stay with a workout plan. I was thinking about you on Saturday!

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