One blogger mentioned that some people take a commitment very lightly and are quick to dismiss it just like that. I agree and would like to add that just because I made a commitment to MYSELF doesn't make it any less of a commitment than if I made it to someone else. Hear me out.... I am often asked to do things with other people. Sometimes I do but sometimes I don't because of the things that I have committed to. Perhaps it was a commitment to getting an article done ahead of deadline so I don't have to worry about it over the weekend or perhaps it is going to physical therapy and the gym 4 days a week even when my schedule conflicts with something my friends or family want to do, or maybe it's getting X amount of miles in when you are following a training scheduled. It's very easy for the other person to say skip the gym today or only do half the number of scheduled miles and come home early. Now if I said I had to do certain tasks for my job because I am committed to doing so, I think that would come across more acceptable. I think it's often easy for others to not understand our personal commitments because it's not like anyone is making us do it. We are only accountable to ourselves. But then again we are our biggest critics. If we don't follow through we feel bad. I know I do.
Another blogger asked if we always ended up running the races we sign up for or do we make excuses not to do it (bad weather, had a rough night, the cat is sick...etc). Essentially she asked if we ever had a DNS ( Did not start). Since most of the races we run are destination races, we ALWAYS run them because if we didn't, well then that would be a waste of trip, right? But then I remembered that YES there was a race that I DNS. It was Big Sur. Remember that? I was severely injured at the time but I didn't want to miss out on the opportunity.
|Lacey at the beginning of Big Sur missing her sister.|
Lacey ran it once already and this time she was going to run it with me. I knew it was hilly and thought perhaps I could walk it just to get through but once I found out what the time limit was, I knew there would be no way. I erred on the side of caution and yes, I DNS. I thought having a DNS would be better than a DNF. It's funny how I feel a DNF would be a permanent scar on my fictitious running report card...lol. In that case I didn't feel bad not having run. I thought it was best for my overall health and recovery. Lacey went on to run Big Sur for the second time and a year later we ran a marathon together at Disney so it all ended up working out.
Has there ever been a time when you could justify not following through with a commitment you had made? M
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