Some of you may remember Part 1 to this blog called “Running Naked.” I had just started a running program because my husband didn’t think I could run a 5k much less actually run around the block. He challenged me by saying that he would run naked down the streets of Hastings if I finished a 5k. So with that challenge in hand, I went to it. I thought I was doing really well until…..I hurt my knee. I continued to run and it kept getting worse. Finally, I went to an orthopedic specialist and they identified that I had a stress facture in my right knee. The only way to heal it is by taking it easy for 2-3 months – yes, that’s right, I said 2-3 months. There went my hopes of completing the running program and laughing my butt off while seeing Scott run naked through Hastings.
I really struggled with this. I was definitely disappointed because I felt I was accomplishing something that would eventually make me healthier. Running was convenient (which is extremely important when you have a 4-year-old) and it was a way I could exercise (in turn hopefully losing a few pounds). But I guess it wasn’t meant to be, at least not right now.
I am an achiever and pretty much accomplish everything I set my mind to. So needless to say, this was considered a failure in my eyes. I’m not sure I could have done anything to prevent this failure but there are a few things one can do if they are disappointed and need to deal with it.
1. Accept the failure. Maybe you can learn from it.
2. Determine if there was anything you could have done differently to prevent it.
3. Set a new goal. Whether it is a variation of your failed goal or a brand new goal it is always beneficial to work towards something.
4. Stick with it. You may have another disappointment but at least you are trying and you may actually accomplish your goal.
I plan on starting the program again in the spring but right now I am happy walking the dogs.
Question: What has recently disappointed you and what did you learn from it?