I rarely remember my dreams after a night’s sleep and I certainly can’t remember them more than a day later. I don’t put any stock in my brain’s night-time shenanigans either. There’s no mystery why I may have a bad dream after a rough day at work or a nonsensical adventure when I’ve not had a moment to myself all week.
In my dreams, I follow my training plan to the letter, running four times per week, doing cross training twice and taking a full rest day. In reality, I run four times per week (what’s cross training?) and I take two rest days.
In my dreams, I schedule races with distances that fit perfectly into my training plan. In reality, I schedule races when I can run them with friends.
In my dreams, I run without pain or injuries no matter what else is going on in my life. In reality, I have constant shoulder, bum and foot pain; I’ve made significant progress with Dr. Awesome, but things aren’t terribly smooth yet.
In my dreams, I have just-the-right gear for whatever conditions I’m running in…and it all matches. In reality, I have invested in high-quality pieces but my wish list still has some items on it. A SmartWool base layer shirt, for example, and potentially YakTrax so I don’t fall on my face while running this winter. Many of my outfits only match because most of the pieces are black.
In my dreams, my shoes don’t ever wear out. In reality, I may need to pick up a second job just to pay for my Brooks.
In my dreams, my runs all happen first thing in the morning after a full night’s rest, leaving enough time to get ready and get my family out the door in the morning before heading to work. In reality, I run when I can, whether it’s at 5:15 a.m. on a Tuesday or 9 p.m. on a Thursday, neither of which really fits nicely into, well, real life.
All of this reminds me of a quote attributed to John C. Maxwell: “Dreams don’t work unless you do.”
I may wish things to be one way, but I have to put in the time and work hard if I want to make progress toward those dreams and goals.
Sometimes, it’s really hard work. I have to give up a lot of things (sleeping in on Saturdays and Sundays) but I also gain so much (I can spend hours with some of my favorite people while doing something we enjoy).
In the end, the math just works for me.
Do you put stock in your dreams? Do you do anything differently because of things you dream?