Then came Buster Douglas and everything went downhill from there.
And life goes on.
The Sprint Team got off to a strong start at the beginning of the month, and we continue forward toward our paths to greatness. The boys have their plans and are executing their plans every morning with Move, Write, Prioritize. We're meeting next week to check in and see how we're doing toward our goals. Two of the boys are working toward a goal of doing a certain number of sit ups without stopping. One of the boys has a goal of doing 12 pull ups in a row. We've stayed in touch via video, text message and phone calls.
The marathon plan was a bit derailed this past week, and there wasn't a run logged. I nursed a sore right hip and a bruised ego while I focused on some career-related items. At the end of this "week long vacation," I realize it's all about rituals and routines, and that's part of the plan. And it's important to realize when faced with a challenge that poses a change, we have the options of "fight or flight." There's a third option that isn't addressed, and that's to do nothing. That's the equivalent of curling under the table in a fetal position and sucking your thumb.
Every decision we make is a competition between two voices in your head. On one hand, there's the strong voice that is confident you'll conquer the world. On the other hand, there's the weak voice that questions what's happening at that point in time and whether what's being done is what SHOULD be done because there are so many OTHER things that need to be done. It's a voice that's easily distracted by the bombardment of messages on a daily basis. It is continually questioning and rarely doing. The key is realizing it was the STRONG voice that put together the plan. So when the weak voice encourages you to hit the snooze button, it's important to be aware that that wasn't part of the plan. The snooze button is NEVER part of the plan.
The week ahead will be a great week in getting things back on track. I'll have the challenge of facing work-related tasks that will dominate the day while also focusing on strength. Three times this week - Monday, Wednesday and Friday at a minimum - will be dedicated to strength. Runs will be part of those days also, but there will be 5:00 of lunges each of those days. There will be 3 x 1:00 in lateral shuffles with a strength band. There will be 3 x 1:00 for push ups. There will be 3 x 1:00 for plank. If there's time after that (and the resources, since I'll be on the road Wednesday and Thursday of this week), there will be 5 x :30 for pull ups and 3 x 1:00 for deep squats and 5 x 1:00 for lowering calves (I can't remember what those are called . . . ). The streak will pick back up tomorrow for running.
Now it's time to start punching back.