It is on our failures that we base a new and different and better success.
by Havelock Ellis

Okay, so I am sure you are all wondering what this quote on failure has to do with traveling in Mexico. Don’t worry, I will explain.

I failed today… miserably. No “ifs”, “ands” or “buts” about it. Failed. For the last six months, I have been training for a half-marathon that was to be run this morning. And so I did… out there in the rain, ready and willing to go. About 2 kilometers into the 21 kilometer run, my knee started acting up… but I pushed through. Then again, acting up, kept on pushing. Then around kilometer 6, I thought I should probably stop to stretch it out. Well, once I stopped, there was no starting again. My knee completely seized up and I couldn’t even walk. I cannot tell you the feeling of disappointment that washed over me. It was brutal. As I was hobbling back to the car, my lovely trainer was reminding me that it was not about the race, but the process of training that was what was important and impressive. I tried to buck up, but man was it ever hard when I couldn’t put weight on my left foot to save my life.

But then, I got home and I started looking online for other races, and I found this quote. I thought to myself, “You know what? He is so right! I can just fix whatever is wrong with my leg; do a little research about what is up with my leg and how I can prevent this from happening next time.” If I choose to look at the bright side of this whole ordeal, I really did learn quite a bit about where my body is right now, and the things I need to do in order to get into the most ideal shape so as not to hurt myself. So there is a silver lining!

I just wanted to share that with all you. I found it quite inspiring and so awesomely profound. I get so caught up in the result “the race” and I completely overlook the amount of triumph and learning that I gained during the process of training and even failing. It is such a gift and this whole experience just supports the phrase that I am trying to live my life by, “Life is a journey, not a destination.”

So true, so true.

Okay, so, enough of that failure talk, back to my trip to Mexico. The Aztec ruins were awesome! I woke up early in the morning after having an evening of incredibly strong cactus alcohol and traditional Aztec dancing, to go for a beautiful sunrise run around the temples.

There are two temples in this specific spot; the sun and the moon. They almost look like natural hills because of all the trees and nature growing over them, but once inside the park, you can see evidence of a truly amazing and sophisticated community of people. I was so amazed by the art and architectural design of the place. It was truly overwhelming. I will admit that the human sacrifice table was a bit creepy and the fact they the world is predicted to end in 2012 is also a bit unsettling, but other than that it was fantastic.

I have attached a few pics of the trip and some fun stuff from the day! Enjoy and let me know your own thoughts and experiences around failure. I’m sorry to keep bringing it up, but it was really a cool experience today.

Ciao, my fellow thinkers!
Allison

Zocalo Baby Woman of the church chatting at the ruins

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Add yours Comments – 174

  • Deon, S.A.

    on July 10, 2007 at 11:03 pm

    “Success is not measured by what a man accomplishes, but by the opposition he has encountered, and the courage with which he has maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds”
    -Charles Lindenbergh

    I would like to think that we shouldn’t devine ourself’s in our failures, but how we succeed indespite our failures and what we learn from them.
    This should apply to our humanity as well.

    Just keep on trying – you’ll succeed.

    Remember
    “Many of life’s failures are people who dit not realize how close they were to success when they gave up”
    -Thomas A. Edison

  • Pablo

    on July 11, 2007 at 2:53 pm

    Hi, I posted some days ago sorry to bother again but I was thinking that if you liked Teotihuacan you would love Chihen-Itza it’s one of the seven wonders now 😉 You should come back to Mexico to meet it. And while you are at it you might as well come to visit Monterrey too I think you will like it. Well, take care and get well soon. Bye

  • Jendi Paterson

    on July 11, 2007 at 7:01 pm

    Don’t take this the wrong way, infact look at it as a complement. I know the show Smallville, have watched it a few times, but to be hnest I don’t watch a lot of TV, but I do recognise you… So to say I was your biggest fan wouldn’t do your true blood red fans justice…HOWEVER (theres always a however:)

    I’m 23 and live in a far far away country called New Zealand.. somewhere that you really should travel to! Currently I am in Queenstown New Zealand but spent the pas two years of my life living in New York at a top marketing corporation. I was working insane hours, weeks month I swear those two years are a blur. While I loved my job and was very god at it something was missing; life. While I had many wonderful material things my life was just passing me by. i’m so glad I realised it at this age and not in 10 years time ( I have a point I swear).

    I was a top athlete at school and competited Internationally; however I chose my career over furthing that; don’t get me wrong I don’t regret it.
    So to my point I was googling half marathons as I’m currently training for one and some how your blog came up. I got completely into it…your a wise young lady you know and from what I can see a fantastic role model to young people which does tend to be lacking at times in your industry. while I majored n Marketing etc I doubled with anthropology; something from your travel and experience I believe you would excel in. I think we’re similar in age and theres to things I love the most about life…
    1) running, you must agree that there is nothng like the freedom and alone time with your brain and thoughts when your running, it’s not just physically healthy but also mentally!!
    2) Learning, many human beings study and hit the work force or what ever and thats it. There is so much in this world, so many different races, cultures lives that we can live and learn from…my mother still says to me ” you wont live long enough to make all the mistakes in life so learn from others” (i.e don’t do a Paris Hilton on us:)

    So basically Allison Mack I just wnated to say I respect your prospectous on life… keep living it….keep running and you have the means to see the world so do it while you can. And if your ever in need of seeing some beautiful green country side, New Zealand is the place you need to go… theres always plenty of half marathons… September 9th my one but there constantly running and take care of your knee; if you do head over here at any stage and need a place to stay or a jet ski or someone to point you in the right direction let me know… I’d love to sit down and hear about your travels and maybe show you some local sites, through you off a bungi bridge etc etc.
    Kind Regards
    Jendi

  • Ryan

    on July 16, 2007 at 6:57 am

    proverbs 24:16 “for though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again…” – this part of this passage helps me to remember that mistakes will happen, but only giving up marks your defeat. I get pretty hard on myself to be a good to everyone including friends and family. I wish i could do more to change the entire world. I think of things like finding a cure for cancer, or get all nations to make peace. But really the biggest difference a person can make in the world is to touch another persons like for the better. Like throwing a pebble in the pond and seeing the ring ripple from it to the shore. Just as the little pebble made such a big effect, so too can one little good thing make a huge difference in the world

    a big fan

  • Jonathan

    on July 19, 2007 at 11:19 am

    Allison te amo!!!!!!!!! y aunque no entiendo mucho del idioma ingles, te aprecio mucho, me encanta como actuas, eres bellisima, tengo casi todas las series, peliculas y escenas en donde sales, te amo!! te tengo de wallpaper en el fondo de mi computadora, me encantaria que algĂșn dĂ­a me escribieras pues yo te admiro mucho, soy de MĂ©xico, el 8 de agosto cumplo 16 años, espero algun dĂ­a me escribas, te amo!!!!

    I LOVE YOU ALLISON!!!!!!!!!

    PLEASE ACEPT THIS MEXICAN FAN, MODERATOR, POST MY COMMENT PLEASE.

  • BOUROUX

    on July 22, 2007 at 9:48 pm

    Hi Allison

    I live in Montreal.
    Here we have extreme temperature.
    Minus 30 c during the winter and 30 c during the summer.
    During the winter we have snow storms with 30 cm of snow and last friday 30 mm of rain are fallen on us. The water and the snow. 30 seems to be an extrem number.
    For the sports, it’s fantastic.
    During the winter, I do alpine ski and during the summer I swim in my swimming pool. I am passionnate by this 2 sports. During the summer I swim at least 1 hour each day. Because I have a circular 24 feets swimming pool, I turn in round.
    During the last week of april and the first of may, it’s possible to practice my 2 favorites sports in the same day.
    The ski station Mont Sauveur is 40 minutes from my home. My swimming pool is heated by thermo pump.
    My season of swimming is between april 20 to the beginnig of october. My season of ski is between dec 1 to may 10 depending of the temperature.
    During the summer Mont St Sauveur have one of the most beautiful Aqua park in North America.
    I realy like live in this country.
    The secret of the adaptation in cold country is the sport. It’s possible to do ice skating and nordic ski near my home. Without sport we have only the consequences of cold.
    In the sport as with work, it is necessary to pay attention to the repetitive actions. Certain actions are harder than others for the articulations. In water our articulations don’t have to support our body. The water do the job. I can swim one or two hours during a day without pain to my arms , my legs or my back. For the alpine ski, I like the slopes with moggles. When I was 20, I decided that the ski is not a competition but a fantastic hobby. I decided to ski slowly but with style. Today at 49, I ski again in the same moggle slopes with the same style. The moderation prevent injuries in sport. This summer in Montreal, we have a great exposition.
    Body Worlds 2. The anatomical exhibition of real human bodies. Last week I visited this exposition and it was a fantastic experience. Learn to know our body is fabulous. I give you a link.
    http://www.centredessciencesdemontreal.com/LMC2/en/index.html
    Allison, take care of you and have a good week.
    Claude.

  • PEDRO CORONADO

    on July 24, 2007 at 11:06 am

    GRACIAS ALLISON POR VISITAR MI PAIS… MEXICO
    Y PUES SI TE GUSTÓ VISITAR LOS TEMPLOS Y LAS PIRAMIDES DE TENOCHTITLÁN… TE INVITO A VISITAR UN LUGAR SUPER, SUPER MARAVILLOS SE LLAMA REAL DE CATORCE, S.L.P. QUE ES UN PUEBLO FANTASMA EN DONDE UNA VEZ HUBO MUCHA PLATA, HAY MUCHAS HISTORIAS, UNA IGLESIA IMPRESIONANTE LLENA DE ORO, Y DE LEYENDAS TE PASO EL LINK “PLEASE ACEPT” http://www.realdecatorce.net PARA QUE VEAS QUE NO MIENTO Y OJALA ME PUEDAS CONTESTAS MUCHAS GRACIAS Y SUERTE EN EL CAP 7.20 QUE VAS A DIRIGIR, Y PUES ERES MUY TALENTOSA Y ME ENCANTA SMALLVILLE. TU ERES MI #1. BYEEEEE GRACIAS
    ATTE. PEDRO CORONADO VALDEZ “ALLISON, ALLISON, ALLISON YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA”.

  • PEDRO CORONADO

    on July 24, 2007 at 11:17 am

    HELLO…
    Y SI ALGUN DIA LO DECIDES VISITAR PUES ME DICES Y YO TE LLEVO A CONOCER TODO EL LUGAR CON MUCHO GUSTO OKKKK?? EN UN LUGAR DE COMPLETA PAZ Y RELAX 100% Y PUES AHI SE ENCUENTRAN ARGENTINOS, ITALIANOS, SOBRETODO, PERO HAY GENTE DE MUCHAS PARTES, VISIT PLEASE, JAJAJAA, BUENO… GRACIAS ALLISON ERES SUPER MUCHA SUERTE EN TODO ME ENCANTÓ EL FOTOBLOG DE LA CD. DE MEXICO Y TENGO MUCHAS FOTOS TUYAS JUNTO A KRISTIN QUE PADRE QUE SEAN AMIGAS, ERES UNA GRAN PERO GRAN ACTRIZ MUCHA SUERTE OK?? BYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE ATTE. PEDRO CORONADO VALDEZ MATEHUALA, S.L.P. MEXICO
    BYEEEEEEEEEEEE YOU # 1.

  • Juan Carlos

    on July 26, 2007 at 5:57 pm

    I’m really happy that you had visited my country Mexico, I live in Guadalajara, Jalisco, the second city in my country, I’m a great fan of you and I hope you are so good and you come back to Mexico soon. I’ll waiting for the seven season for Smallville and I can to see your smile again on TV.

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  • David Dwight Hayes

    on July 30, 2007 at 3:00 am

    Okay. The party’s over. Now, get back to work! Break a leg.

  • rehochipe

    on August 3, 2007 at 1:48 pm

    okay señorita alli, estoy encantado de que hayas visitado mi paia, MĂ©xico es un pais con muchas bellezas, (aunque como tu ninguna), solo quiero felicitarte por tu trabajo y hacerte saber que aqui se te quire mucho y se te admira…

    saludos y besoso desde méxico df.

  • Milena

    on August 9, 2007 at 6:53 am

    Hey!, Im from Bogota D.c, Colombia I hope you come some day is a beautiful country, I love smallville, so continue your trips arround the world and add my country you will soprise with it.
    felicitaciones, adios.

  • Ted

    on September 2, 2007 at 5:01 pm

    Sorry this is a little late, but I’ve not been here before! I just wanted to send a little encouragement your way for your next attempt at a half marathon. You’ll make it. Really. It’s not just mindless words here — you can do it, the knees will come around.

    Suggestion? If you haven’t done it yet, go to a running store (not a sports shop, but a store that does nothing but running stuff!) and have them work with you to pick out the right shoes. That, and starting too fast are the biggest challenges we face as new runners.

    But you know that, now at the very least. And *that’s* how I know you’re going to succeed sometime in the future.

    Consider, I’ve run… seven marathons in the past four years. Not fast, no. And certainly not pretty. But that medal they give you at the end shines every bit as much as the one they give the first person who crossed the finish line two hours before you. And though I’ve got to take some time off from running right now (recovering from cancer surgery, but hey, I get to wear one of these swang LiveStrong yellow rubber bracelets), I’ll get to do it again.

    You’ll get there. One step at a time.

  • Kal-El secort name Alexander Johnson

    on October 15, 2007 at 11:22 am

    Hi Allison Mack Its me Alexander Johnson but Alex for short I have a few more Quastions for you if thats all right. 1 If you draw what do you draw.2 In your spear time what eles do you and Kristin Laura Kruek do besides reading do you both travel some? 3 What kind of poems do you like and I was woundering if we share some.4 What eles did you do in Mexiceo while you were there its a reall fun place when i went to Mexiceo city.5 If you dont watch your performence of the Smallville show do you read the Smallville books?6 Do you love to cook if you have the time because I love to cook and if so what is it?7What season of The Sopranos do you have because I would like to get you one of the seasons if you dont have it. Allison Mack I would like to be firends wiht you if thats ok Take Care and Be Safe and have a Happy Halloween because I would like to send you a 22 by 24 drawing of you if thats ok to, if you have the time could you give me a messege in my email its mecool123002@yahoo.com

  • Hal

    on October 25, 2007 at 7:52 am

    Hello, Ms. Mack:

    This comment is pretty stale, I’m afraid. I hope you are well recovered from your injury. If you are looking for a half or full marathon still ahead, how about the Diamond Valley Lake races out in the Inland Empire? It’s on January 19. If you schedule permits, it’s a good race. Small, not too hilly and sponsored by Habitat for Humanity. Not in LA so I don’t think you’d be mobbed with press. Here’s a link:
    http://diamondvalleylakemarathon.com/

    I ran the half marathon last year and can attest it was well run.

    PS: I like Rumi too, though I confess to being lost in much of his stuff.

  • C.

    on November 10, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    Seems bit behind on this one. I apologise but I just found the website. (Very nice by the way). Your post definately rings true. I found the part about getting so completely caught up in the idea of “the race” that you overlooked the journey it took to get there to be such a common a theme to us all. To me anyway. Our entire life takes place in this present moment , and the future and past, while nice to look to with hope or reminice about with fondness, are not really here and now in reality. So in your example, truly eperiencing the journey of training is not only the means but the end itself. What a nice lesson. Keep up your training (in running and in life)! I’ve got a bad case of tendonitis in my right knee keeping my on the eliptical for now but I’ll be back on the trail soon enough!

    C.

  • david

    on November 22, 2007 at 8:25 am

    hola me llamo david soy fans de allison soy de venezuela pienso que es la mujer mas bella que hay!!!jajaj quien esta de acuerdo con migo??quisiera q alguien me mandara mas foto de ella a mi correo sii pueden claro

  • david

    on November 22, 2007 at 8:27 am

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  • Chad Stuart

    on January 15, 2008 at 9:23 am

    Allison,
    Have you attempted another distance run? As a distance runner myself I would encourage you to do so. It is the greatest sense of accomplishment I have ever experienced! I know about the fragility of the knee though; after my last race I went out for a simple training run and the next thing I know I could barely walk…I was shelved for 2 months. I am now back at the training and I hope you are as well.

    Chad

  • Aztec History

    on February 22, 2008 at 10:58 am

    I need to go and visit those temples someday. Not just through books 🙂

  • Robyn!

    on March 12, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    That story about the marathon was soo inspiring! particularly since im going into junior year next year and im reeeally worried about testing and colleges-this keeps me in touch with what its really all about (no not the hokey pokey)

  • Jordi

    on June 29, 2008 at 12:23 am

    Hello, Ms. Allison and congratulations for what you did. I have tried to run that distance but on the first 5 miles my brain starts to throw me sentences like that: Are you crazy? If you want to go that far, why don’t take a car? -and i stop running, jejeje!! But next year I will run it. My father, who runned a marathon when he was 60 years old, used to run half-marathons, specially one in my town (Granollers, close to Barcelona), which is known as one of the best here in Spain, and next year he won’t run it because his disease (cancer) and I want to run it for him. That point brings me to tell you:

    I invite you to run this HALF-MARATHON in my town next week. When I say I INVITE YOU means that exactly: come to my town (if you want, you can stay in my house, which is not as big as an hotel but it’s my house, and you’ll have all the things you wish, food, a bed, friends to talk with, peace…), I’ll show you Barcelona if you haven’t still been here, I’ll cook for you (or my girlfriend, who cooks thousands of times better than me) and I’ll give you a little holidays knowing a new country (maybe a new language?) and enjoying the peace, the sun and the half-marathon run. If you accept, you have my e-mail. If not, don’t worry, I understand you have work to do or maybe you can think I’m a mad man obsessed with a famous actress and wishing to kill her or something.

    Anyway, if you read this and you don’t get angry or afraid of me, thank you and consider the invitation (I’m not a bad guy, truly).

    See you (on TV)… kisses!!!

    PS: Strength and honor!!

  • Jordi

    on June 29, 2008 at 12:32 am

    Hi! It’s me again!! i didn’t mention the half-marathon in my town is on january or february (it’s not already dated). Some years it’s on january and some other years it’s on february. And don’t mind you’re knee. It’s sad and painful but you must not give up with the idea of leave the running. As Chad said (another mail below) try other distances and you can go step by step, and you will see how your knee reacts.

    Sorry if something in the first comment disapointed you. It was not my intention. I only want to invite you to visit Barcelona and try this half-marathon (it’s not complicated at all).

    Buena suerte (Good luck)!!!

    And besos y abrazos (Kisses and hugs)