Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.

That is such a good mantra.  Especially for me this particular week.

A few months back I ran the 10k portion of the Yas Half Marathon with little running training.  I had been working out following a cross fit regime about 3 times a week.  I ran better than I had anticipated.  This was so motivating.  I thought  “Wow, imagine how much better I can do if I train properly.” During my post race endorphin high, a friend of mine and I agreed to do the RAK Half Marathon. More like we were pumped up – “Yeah, let’s start training!  We are going to SMASH it!”

We had a few months to train. We picked out our training program*, signed up for the race, set our goals and started running.  STARTED.  We had agreed to do the weekly runs individually, then come together for a long weekend run.  Well we managed one joint run.  That first one.  Busy work schedules, holidays, excuses…excuses…excuses. I did manage to get out on my own during the month of December but just after the holidays the training fell flat.  I have continued with cross fit training but the running…nada.

Here we are with a week before RACE DAY.   I should be more excited than I am.  Part of me feels disappointed that I haven’t taken the time to run more.  At the same time, I know how horrible it feels to run if you haven’t trained properly.  It becomes a struggle, a battle of the body and the mind. “Keep going. Keep going. You got this. Did that lady pushing the pram just pass you?” When you train properly for a race – it’s more exciting.  You’re motivated. Confident. Ready to do your best.  To test your endurance.  You came to conquer (even if conquering means just getting across that finish line).

Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.

This will be one of my mantras this week in the run up to Race Day.  Instead of having internal disappointment, I am changing my outlook into a more positive one. I am in good physical condition.  I have run this particular race before so I am not going in blind.  It is going to be fun.  My family and friends will be there.  It’s the 10th Anniversary of this particular run and I am blessed to be able to participate in it. If I don’t get the time that I initially wanted (beat my last time) it will be nobody’s fault but my own – I accept that.  I am going to have a good time no matter what.


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It got me thinking.  This is a good mantra.  This will be my pre race day mantra but also it is so applicable in other areas of our lives.  We all have our hopes and dreams.  Big and small. We tend to put limitations on ourselves.  It could be because we may think we don’t have the right job, the right skill set, the right degree, the right connections, the time, the list can go on and on.  We live in a world where everything we need or want to know about is right at our fingertips (within our grasp – quite literally).  You can find out and learn about anything online.  If you’re a more visual learner, there are millions of tutorial videos on every subject!  We can learn without spending a dime – initially.  Once you find something of value, then you can make the financial investment in yourself. But if you just start with doing what you can – working towards what you want to achieve now with what you’ve got – the results may be surprising.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post. I hope that it has been helpful.  I will let you know how I finished in the end.  If you are on twitter, be sure to follow @fortynista for the results.  Give us a shout out. I can use all the encouragement I can get. 

*The training program that we had selected was this one.  I did manage to get up to week 4 before it all went wrong.  We selected this training because it was manageable for women with busy schedules.