A few months ago, I decided (along with my husband) to train for the Des Moines Half Marathon taking place in October. While I’ve never considered myself a “runner”, I do triathlon and running is part of that, so it didn’t seem like that big of a leap for me. I mean, if my husband can do it, I can certainly do it, right? It’s only 13.1 miles…
Over the weeks, my runs became increasingly painful and unsuccessful. My mile time went up…a lot and I was really discouraged.
It was a tough decision, but I’ve decided to discontinue training for the half marathon. My body was rejecting the training and it was starting to affect my health.
I’ve been thinking a lot about how solopreneurs and small business owners struggle in the beginning…how long do they struggle before they quit? How do you know how hard to push yourself (and when to stop), when you’re not seeing the results you expected?
Is it when the money runs out? Is it when you take out a second mortgage on the house? Is it when the stress of being in business for yourself drives you insane?
When I decided to quit (and it’s very difficult for me to use that word) training for the half marathon, I knew immediately that I’d made the right decision. I stood up a little taller, I smiled; it was as if a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders…
(By the way…in exchange for the half marathon, I signed up for the Cy-Man sprint triathlon up at Big Creek this weekend…I just can’t stop!)
Have you ever quit something? How far did you let it go before you decided to throw in the towel?