Tuesday, September 29, 2015

No Pain, No Gain?

This past weekend, my training plan called for a 12 mile training run. My alarm went off at 6am, but like any human, I hit the snooze several times, and then eventually dozed off until 10:00 am... Well, we had to be at a wedding around 11AM!!! AHHH!!!

So, I had to ask myself the question that many of us runners ask ourselves on a daily basis "No pain, no gain?" To run or not to run after the wedding? It was the questioning burning in the back of my brain.. I really needed to run and I often ask myself can you achieve greatness without hardship or discipline?  My half marathon can't run the course by its self. You have to put in the mileage to run the race and to run it well.

 As you can tell, the wedding was quite relaxing and peaceful. Who allows a kid to put a Praying Mantis on their head?? This girl!!   So, I could decide great pain or peace for my Saturday.... Would I run or would I embrace the day of love and joy?

I decided NOT to run at all!!!  No long runs.. Will I achieve greatness?? I sure hope so! Will I finish my half-marathon in a month? Yes!  In life to achieve greatness do we need discipline and hardship to get somewhere? I think so. However, the art of REST is also what allows us to go through great hardships coming out strong, feeling more disciplined and ready to move forward.

Q: Is it impossible to attain greatness without considerable hardship? No Pain, No Gain?? What do you think??


Karen Seal said...

Your body probably needed the rest! If I ever miss a long run, I just remind myself that there's always next weekend! :) The wedding Looked like a lot of fun!

Sarah said...

Rest is good for the body and very therapeutic! You're right, there is always next weekend!! I love that attitude :) Ps. Love the purple shirt you choose for this weekends run!!

Unknown said...

I personally hate the "no pain, no gain" mentality. First of all, DISCOMFORT is when change occurs, but only if then followed by rest. Pain means something is WRONG. Really, it comes down to the big picture, and what is important. Pain, gain, WHATEVER

Sarah said...

Love your perspective Susie!!