Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure. - George E. Woodberry
I went for another hot run today. And today I failed. I had a good plan but it just did not work out. I wanted to slow the pace down and run 6 miles in the heat. I was running just a hair faster than planned and my heart rate was in check. And then, suddenly, the run got hard. This was about two miles into the run. I started thinking about hunkering down and pushing through and finishing strong and all of that stuff. But I decided to take my own advice – I turned around early. I started walking in the shaded areas of the trace. It was hot. I was hot. I stopped and took my shirt off. I finished up the 6 mile run a mile short and a little bit slower. I failed.
Now, I read a lot of blogs and I see failures all of the time – especially lately with running in the heat. We, as a group, well; we fail a whole heck of a lot. I plan my training sessions and sometimes they just don’t work out. Sometimes these failures get the best of me. Sometimes I learn from them – like today – shutting it down – that was the right thing to do.
But why do we fail so much?
I think failure just comes with the territory. We fail because we are not afraid. We are not afraid to take a chance, to push our boundaries, to do things that we never thought we could. In our failures we are defined. Successful people look at failure as results and outcomes while unsuccessful people look at failure as permanent and personal. We grow from our failures.
Without the failures we would not have the achievements – the successes!
I so much prefer to have failed today –even on this little run all by myself that no one knows or cares about – then to have not attempted anything. The journey is the reward. The successes and failures of today are just the steps. You just have to keep taking the steps. We can do anything as long as we are not afraid.