Congratulations to everyone that ran in the Cadbury Marathon last week. I was very happy for several of my friends, some of whom ran either a half or a full for the first time. I know what an awesome feeling it is to hit the finish line when you started the race not sure if you would actually complete it.
Sadly for myself I made the decision not to run, as the setback in my recovery meant I didn’t feel the body was quite ready. I wasn’t afraid of not completing the race, but I was concerned about exacerbating an injury and prolonging the period that I am not at full fitness. It is a difficult decision to cancel an attempt of something that is important to you. Completing it would have meant a lot to me after the injury battles of last year. But it just wasn’t to be.
Taking the conservative (or sensible) option is not something I have traditionally been good at. I certainly wouldn’t describe it as the easy option as I find it quite frustrating and usually agonise over it a lot. Having written previously about the importance of not being held back by a fear of failure, I thought it was important to make a distinction here that there is nothing wrong with holding back when failure carries an unacceptable risk of adverse consequences. If something is important enough to you, you can make the time to make another attempt when you are happy with your preparation.
Good luck going for your goals in the future, but if you find yourself stymied for whatever reason, don’t be afraid to delay certain attempts until the circumstances are right.