Fail Better

Spring has finally sprung! As I sit here writing this blog, the forecast for my long run on Saturday is sunny and 87. As happy as I am about not piling on 5 layers, I’m not looking forward to those toasty temperatures and the amount of sunscreen 21 miles will require 😳

I think it’s been over a month since I’ve taken the time to sit down and blog. The past month has been a blur… here on the ranch we’ve been preparing for calving, which is now upon us. I also began my Precision Nutrition Level 1 certification course. Somewhere between all that I’ve been running as much as possible and eating quesadillas like they’re going out of style 😊

According to Webster’s Dictionary, failure is a noun that has three different meanings; 1. Lack of success, 2. The omission of expected or required action, 3. The action or state of not functioning. We all look at failure in a different light and we all respond to it differently. We all have those moments, days, or situations when everything seems to go wrong and we’re not able to accomplish what we had planned.

When it comes to running, there are those days when we don’t quite hit our paces, or we don’t make it through the planned distance, or maybe we don’t even get out the door for a run in the first place. And sometimes in the worst case, race day rolls around and everything blows up in our face. Despite the misery and sometimes heartache that these days bring, we need to be willing to give it another go, to realize that the best thing to do is continue to try.

I think I’ve failed more in life than I’m willing to admit. From my personal life to my professional life, to running, to my cooking skills 😊… there have been countless failures that have left me a bit bemused. I could sit here and tell you that I’ve always been able to handle failure like a champ, that I’ve always been able to come out the other side bright and shiny and ready to take on the world. There have been a few instances when I’ve pulled that off, but in all honesty, failure has broken my heart and made me question the path I was on a few too many times.

Somewhere along the line I realized that failures don’t come along to kill your dreams, they come along to teach you a lesson, to bring the best out of you. I feel as if failure can be defined as a detour. I believe it’s a test to see how badly you want something. Maybe failure does show you you’re on the wrong path, but don’t let it be your undertaker, take another crack at it, even if it means trying a different avenue.

Let your failures propel you forward, let them shape you into a more resilient, strong individual. Fail again, fail better, try again. You won’t believe what you can accomplish by attempting the impossible with the courage to repeatedly fail better.

“Failure is the tuition you pay for success.” -Walter Brunell

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