Don’t Anticipate Failure

I really wasn’t looking forward to this morning’s 12 mile run, but with the half marathon 2 weeks away, it was necessary.  Last week’s 10 mile run was tough!   It was cold and very windy and the last mile or two felt awful.  I don’t think I  had fully recovered (mentally at least)  from last week’s run and this week we planned on running 12 miles of the half marathon course, and again the weather was chilly–37 degrees!  As I said, I wasn’t looking forward to it.

But, my horoscope (Pisces) this morning read:

Don’t anticipate failure before you even give something the old college try.  You have as much chance of winning as you do of losing.  Focus on the former, not the latter.

WOW!  So I laced up my shoes (several times to get them just right), and headed out the door to meet my running buddies.

All in all, it was a good run!


  1. I like that. Focus on your destination (the win).

  2. Hi Grace, fantastic job on the run. I love sports but running is my weakness. I only ever got to about 5km (3? miles). Nice job on the site too. If you want any website or blogging tips you can check out my site.
    keep on motivating

  3. Great post! Running is something I constantly struggle with so it helps to read other people’s stories about how they get motivated to run. Thanks for sharing yours. Maybe I’ll actually get on the treadmill post-workout tomorrow instead of going straight into the locker room! 🙂

  4. Yep, I am guilty of doing that at times. I have learned to not look to left or the right but just stay focused on my goal. When I do that I get there. 🙂

  5. crystaltrenary says:

    That’s great advice and inspiration!

  6. What a great way to think. Very timely too as I have been swaying a little too much toward the failure side today. What a waste of time.

  7. Good points! It’s helpful, to me anyway, to think of those kinds of runs as the actual race. I mean, you’re practically running the same amount of mileage so I try to visualize the route…or, if I’m lucky, run the actual route.

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