Satisfaction is overrated

Deb Runs

History and experience tell us that moral progress comes not in comfortable and complacent times, but out of trial and confusion
— Gerald R. Ford

It’s Wednesday word and this week the word is complacent.

I like the quote above; it’s so true for running, because I’ve found that often the most challenging training cycles result in the best races. The ones that go great? They often don’t seem to end well for me. But that’s not really what came to mind when I thought of complacent.

You don’t always get what you want . . . 
It is so, so, so very easy to become complacent (showing satisfaction with one’s achievements). Although if you get to know me, you’ll find that I, like most runners, am rarely satisfied with my achievements.

We all know that tune: I should have pushed harder, I should have run faster, I should have run slower at the start, and so on and so forth.

Keeping it up
Except the definition of complacent that really hits home for me is lack of worry or caution. If you followed my blog this summer, you know that I struggled with my IT Band for a good portion of the summer. I dialed down my running when I had to, I worked on my strength training, I taped when necessary and I had a good outcome.

Finally it hasn’t been bothering me at all.

So it’s really easy to skip those post run exercises when I’m in a rush. That yoga that I know really helps can be hard to squeeze in and gets pushed aside because I don’t have enough time, or I just forget about taping for a long run.

So there you go: I am getting complacent about my body, i.e., a lack of caution, and while sometimes not being cautious is a good thing, this is one time I know that it isn’t.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ is the slogan of the complacent, the arrogant or the scared. It’s an excuse for inaction, a call to non-arms
— Colin Powell

Do you find yourself skipping things when you’re rushed?