Running…and expectations

I ran 4 miles today.  Ran the whole way without walking.  Felt like I could run another mile or two if I needed too.  I should feel good about that, right? 

If I had told you last year I ran 4 miles, I would have been feeling good.  Today, I’m feeling more like a failure.  And it’s all about expectations.

Three months ago, I committed to run a half marathon in mid-May.  That means 17 days from now, I’m suppossed to run 13.1 miles.  According to my training program (which I integrated in my outlook calendar so it annoyingly reminds me every time I am supposed to be running), this week I should be doing a 9 mile run.  So instead of 4 miles being completely satisfying, it is utterly disappointing.  And nothing was different…except my expectations.

I think it’s one of the most challenging things in life…setting expectations high enough that you are stretched and know you’ve really accomplished something when you meet them…but not so high that they are unrealisticand you’ll live in frustration all while making very admirable accomplishments. 

What are your expectations?  For your career?  For your spouse?  For your children?  For your faith?  For your finances?  For your health?  For your commute to work?  For your golf game?  In every area of life…You get to choose.

Choose wisely…if you set them too low, you’ll probably just meet them and never experience your full potential. 

Choose wisely…if you set them unrealistically high, you are setting yourself up for feelings of personal or interpersonal failure.  Because getting an “A minus” somehow plays out as Failure.

~ by Greg Lee on April 29, 2009.

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