One thing. I just wanted ONE thing to go as planned yesterday.

I started off with the best of intentions, then it quickly went off the rails.

πŸ™…πŸ»β€β™€οΈ I couldn’t get my πŸ‘ out of bed to run early.
πŸ™…πŸ»β€β™€οΈ My adjusted plan to workout midday got sidetracked.
πŸ™…πŸ»β€β™€οΈ 10,000 unexpected calls took over HOURS of my day.
πŸ™…πŸ»β€β™€οΈ I took so many deep breathes I’m surprised I’m remained on the ground and not in outer space.
πŸ™…πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Tears of frustration hit my desk.
πŸ™…πŸ»β€β™€οΈ A tiny fraction of what I planned to get done actually got crossed off the list.
πŸ™…πŸ»β€β™€οΈ I wanted (more than once) to unsubscribe from being an adult.

So yeah, yesterday I just wanted ONE thing to go as planned.Β  Sound familiar?

My Go-To Coping Technique

runner in blue tank and pink shirt staring at camera pensivelyI’m betting you can guess what it is and you’d be right. Experience has taught me that when I cannot seem to control anything in my day, the ONE thing I can control is my run.

The timing of getting out the door may have been nearly 10 hours overdue, but I set out late in the afternoon determined to make the five miles on my plan for the day the ONE thing I could control entirely.

While I am very Type A, I am not a control freak. Please note: I asked for ONE thing, not everything.

So I got changed, did my warm up, and I ran. I controlled my breathing, pace, foot strike, route, and best of all, my effort–the only things that relied entirely on me to control. No outside forces could make them go awry. I had the control.

And by the time my watch clicked for Mile 5, I felt like the universe had been set right.

Day 3 of Peak Week 1 βœ”οΈ (20 miles into 50)

Next: We rest πŸ§˜πŸ»β€β™€οΈ


Channing Muller is an award winning marketing & public relations consultant and the principal of DCM Communications, based out of Chicago. She works with event professionals and business owners to grow and scale their businesses with refined marketing strategies developed through one-on-one and group consulting, customized marketing programs and public relations. She has been named a "25 Young Event Pro to Watch" by Special Events magazine and "40 Under 40" by Connect Meetings. Channing is an avid runner, lover of Labrador Retrievers, good food, delicious drinks, and an advocate for the American Heart Association.

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