Sh*t Happens

Sometimes you make a training plan that’s so precise, NASA could use it.

And sometimes you get injured.

Today my back is out. There is nothing a marathoner hates more than an unplanned hiatus from training. Marathoning itself is usually an experiment in testing the line between fitness improvement and injury. This is a sport that lends itself to injury.

Coach T says this is time to adapt and to work on mental toughness. Easier said that done. I’m reminded of Dr. Suess’s words in “Oh The Places You’ll Go”. Dr. Suess says that sometimes we fail, fall into a lurch, and it’s not easy to undo. How profetic.

You’ll be on your way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights.

You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed.
You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you’ll be the best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when you don’t
Because, sometimes, you won’t.

I’m sorry to say so
but, sadly, it’s true
and Hang-ups
can happen to you.

You can get all hung up
in a prickle-ly perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You’ll be left in a Lurch.

You’ll come down from the Lurch
with an unpleasant bump.
And the chances are, then,
that you’ll be in a Slump.

And when you’re in a Slump,
you’re not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself
is not easily done.



About marathonermegan

Training for my first marathon
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