elisariva

Seizing life's joys and challenges physically, mentally, and emotionally.

The Best Laid Plans….

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“The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” – Robert Burns This quote came to mind when I thought of what to write today. I had hoped to get a run in this morning before packing and flying home. Unfortunately my plans did go a bit awry, and it began with a chicken sausage with lunch yesterday.

Nutrition is a very important component of my training. Just as I enjoy working out, I also enjoy eating healthy. Rest days from training are different than nutrition. If I eat a lot of fried food or high fat food, I feel lethargic and sluggish. Not fun. So even on vacation I make what I believe to be healthy choices. For lunch yesterday I opted for a salad and for my protein I cooked a chicken sausage. It was a better choice than several other meats we had in the refrigerator. I wish I had remembered what happened to me a year and a half ago when I had turkey sausage. And got food poisoning. That hit me on an air plane. Very not fun. Well yesterday by 7:00 in the evening I had a vaguely familiar feeling similar to the turkey sausage experience – like I had paste in my stomach. I will spare the details, but fortunately it was not as sever as my turkey sausage experience.

As a result, I have had very little to eat over the past 24 hours. This morning I did most of my packing sitting down. A run was out of the question, that was for sure. Being a planner, I had packed an electrolyte powder drink mix and sipped on that this morning. My greatest fears were put to ease as my first flight was uneventful. I have a long layover in Atlanta right now and I was able to eat a grilled cheese sandwich. My stomach is slowly coming back.

Planning is a part of me. I have training plans mapped out through the end of the year. I have already started thinking about what I may do as far as races go next year. Flexibility is becoming a part of me. Regardless of whether I welcome it or not. I sprained my ankle in April and got my first big taste of flexibility. Vacations are time off and I expect to encounter the need to adjust training during the week. This stomach issue has really thrown a wrench in my plan. I am planning to ride long tomorrow, when I do may have to change. Getting enough sleep, fuel and hydration is going to dictate when I ride. Unexpected instances just can not be planned. Hence the term “unexpected”. But that is a part of life. Planning is good to do, it gives us structure. Flexibility, I am learning, is essential. Just as in stretching to be physically flexible, mental and situational flexibility will help me bend so I don’t break. So when things do go awry, I will still land on my feet. Even when my stomach doesn’t like it.

Author: elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

4 thoughts on “The Best Laid Plans….

  1. I need to be flexible!! I should probably reread this post so that it sets in. 🙂

  2. I am glad you are feeling better, but sorry I am late in expressing that seniment.

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