Patience

Patience has never been one of my virtues. When I want something, I want it now. My patience has been put to the test over the past month and a half in so many ways in my life. It has not been easy, but I’m working on this whole having patience thing. I read recently that “happy people are patient people.” I’m not sure that I buy that, but I’ll go with it for now.

Patience is important in training. I’ve come to realize that now. I’m not going to be able to run a 7-minute mile anytime soon. With more training and time I think that it might be in the realm of my future, in like twenty years

I have some goals times that I would love to obtain this season at my “A” races and hell, I would love to place on the podium, but I’m not expecting it since there are so many fast women in my new age group. My training focus right now is on my upcoming half-ironmans this summer, but I have to keep reminding myself that my current training plan is really just a part of a much longer and bigger training plan that will eventually get me to where I want to be. I’m going into my third season of competing in triathlons and road races. I never did track or cross country in high school. I swam one season on the swim team in high school. My biggest regret in high school was quitting the swim team. I only started running about three years ago, but never consistently till now. Running is one of those sports that over time you build endurance and speed. It’s not going to happen overnight, although I wish it would!

My half marathon this past weekend was a good example of being patient. I’ve been running consistently for the past 4 months and my consistency and hard work finally paid off in a huge PR and confidence builder! I have faith that if I continue to work hard then I will reach my goals. I just need to remember that it takes time and work to achieve my goals.Perhaps someday I will qualify for Boston or Kona.

I also need to realize that in my personal life. I know where I want to go in life, but it’s going to take some time to get there. I’m in the homestretch for my MPH and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I just want to be done. I want to finish with this degree so I can go get another one. Crazy, I know. I like school. A lot.

I’ve also realized that you need to be patient with people. I have a habit (probably a bad one) of sticking my nose where it doesn’t belong and giving my opinion on the matter. I only do this with people I care about and who can handle my blunt honesty. I hate seeing people make mistakes, or people fail. But sometimes you just need to let them so they can learn from their mistakes and grow up. And, I should probably take my own advice…

And just as the quote above says, “just because something isn’t happening for you now, doesn’t mean that it will never happen.” You just need a little faith and patience…

Happy Training!
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5 thoughts on “Patience

  1. Hey, I didn't realize you were a horse girl too. That's my "real" job (cos clearly running isn't!) It's always great to "meet" a fellow runner, horse person, blogger! :-)Oh- and great post btw- sounds like you're a hard worker so I'm sure you'll meet all your goals!

  2. Nice! I grew up with 3 horses and then had to sell them when I went to college 🙁 Someday I play on having at least one again! My happy place has always been in the saddle, whether a horse saddle or a bike saddle 🙂

  3. I feel the same way about running. My fast runner friends always joke about my skinny legs. However I get the last laugh when I say "chicken legs still kicks your ass in swimming".

  4. Patience is not a virtue for me either… and yet the whole sport of triathlon is a game of patience! The ones who really excel have almost always been at it for awhile… It takes so much time to build endurance and speed.

  5. I am learning to be more patient with myself too. Remember, the hardest part of this whole triathlon thing is the MENTAL TRAINING!! :)Best wishes for Mooseman! That's the same weekend as Quassy-we will both be burning out our quads on some killer hills!

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