Remember this hydrangea I added to the garden last year?
Here it is a year later.
It’s less full, the flowers are now pale pink instead of the previous, gorgeous blue, but most importantly, it’s still alive and kicking.
To be fair, I’ve transplanted this hydrangea twice in the year since I got it. Hydrangeas need a couple of years to set roots before you can really expect them to flourish. I’m thrilled it survived our harsh winter and I know the color is a result of the soil it’s growing in. If I really want the blue back, I could make it happen with some tinkering.
See? I cut it some slack.
In many ways, the hydrangea reminds me a lot of running. As runners, occasionally we reflect on where we were last year and compare it to where we are now. The natural inclination being we hope to go farther, faster, more often, and injury-free of course.
Until the past year, most of my running was done with one goal in mind: to perform up to the Boston standard.
My new goal is to be less beholden to pace, run for the sheer joy of it, and branch out into other sports…cycling anyone?…for a more balanced approach.
But old habits die hard. Sometimes I find myself still calculating pace and beating myself up, even though supposedly I no longer care about such things.
In running as in gardening, there are so many variables. Some within our control, some not.
Of course we can tinker with the plan/fuel/goals to achieve a desired outcome. But it’s more important that we find pleasure and enjoyment at whatever stage we’re at.
Today, my goal is to appreciate and enjoy that pink hydrangea and my running, just as they are.
1. It’s summer. It gets hotter the longer you wait. No need to sweat your ass off more than necessary.
2. The sunrise really is a beautiful thing. It’s even more beautiful when you’re all jacked up on endorphins.
3. You won’t hear the doorbell when the Publishers Clearinghouse Prize Patrol stops by to tell you you’ve won $500 a week for life.
4. You won’t be ordered off the mill to go make a grilled cheese, find a Polly Pocket, break up a fight or other state emergency.
5. You can flop down with a recovery
beer shake, read the newspaper, watch Access Hollywood, whatever you like, guilt-free.
6. You won’t have to compromise your mill time watching Curious George…unless you want to.
7. The dogs are 75.9% less likely to piss in the house.
8. Your mother/friend/spouse/neighbor/dog groomer/President Obama will call and you won’t wanna be all huffing and puffing and cut them short.
9. Your pre-workout fuel will go straight to your hips creating an unsightly muffin-top.
10. Because you’ll feel that much more confident and BADASS on race day if you’d just pony up and get your workout DONE NOW!
Do you procrastinate?
Do you have any to add?