Everything will be all right in the end. If it's not all right, then it's not the end.
This past week, I went on a spontaneous road trip with my son. We didn't run - he's more of a swimmer than a runner - and the primary purpose of the trip was a business meeting I had in the southwestern corner of our state. But that's kind of the beauty of the whole experience.
You see, my kid was planning to go on some random, see-where-the-road-takes-me trip this week before leaving for college. He's 18. No one thought it was a good idea for him to go alone and when the friends he contacted about joining him weren't able to make it, he spent a day moping about it.
As I was packing up and getting materials together for my meeting, I asked - on a whim - if he wanted to join me. Without hesitation, he said yes. "What else am I going to do?" he added. It turned out to be a fantastic decision! For both of us. He got some time to explore on his own. I got someone to help me on the long drive. And we got to spend a lot of quality time together - something that is especially important to him.
So why is this part of a running blog? Because sometimes things don't go according to plan. You train hard for a race only to end up injured and not able to run. You wake up on the day of your first 5K and have a throbbing headache, sore throat and stuffed nose. You want to run10 miles but at mile five a fierce looking thunderstorm turns you back.
But when you open to the flow of possibilities, stuff frequently turns out way better than expected. You heal and your next race is amazing. You power through the 5K and are proud of the accomplishment. You enjoy the run you had in the rain and schedule the 10-miler for another day. It's all part of the process. So get out there and enjoy the run - no matter where it takes you!