Last October, I almost made my personal goal of completing a half-marathon in under 2 hours. My official time was 2’02” but I was just happy to have made it to the finish line.
After the race, I gave myself a couple of weeks off before I got back into keeping a regular run schedule. Getting back into a schedule became more of a chore than a joy and so excuses not to run started to become more common. I even started to think about giving up running altogether.
I remember asking myself OK, what’s really going on with me?
I had been working so hard to get to a point where I could complete a race that it became the sole reason for running. What I lost along the way of training was the joy and the happiness running had given me before. Things needed to change for sure because I really love to run.
So, I quit worrying about my pace and focused on mechanics like my strides, my breathing, and my heart rate. I also stopped worrying about distance. At the peak of my training I was running 20-25 miles a week and I think that was bumming myself out since I had backed that way down. At night, I started thinking about the run I was planning on the next morning which made those 4:45 am alarms easier to wake up to. I also started focusing on how I great I felt after running rather than starting my workout thinking about how I didn’t really want to do this.
All of this points to the power of self-talk and what you tell yourself each day. It made me remember to reflect on what I was saying to myself. If my self-talk was a person, would I want to hangout with them all day?
This weekend, I ran over 6 miles in the pouring rain and thunder, farther than I had run in 2 months, and I loved every step. I had forgotten how much I loved running in the rain! It’s silly but I kind of felt invincible, like nothing could stop me. It was the first time in a while when I didn’t want to stop and I was happy the whole time I was running.
“Hitting the wall” is something that happens to us all throughout life. I believe these moments are supposed to happen because they give you a chance to remember your “why”. The work you need to do to get over the wall is hard work. It’s reflective work that forces you to be honest with yourself. You start thinking less about what you want to happen and more about what you need to do in order to get the outcome you desire.
“Joy” sounds like such a simplistic outcome to work for but it’s complicated to obtain especially if you are creating your own roadblocks. Take time to remember your “why”, especially when the going gets tough because it will get you closer to the outcomes you are working toward.
Have a GREAT week!
Worth checking out —
4 Essentials to Growing into Great Leadership https://leadershipfreak.blog/2017/04/28/4-essentials-to-growing-into-great-leadership/
My friend taught me…to seesaw http://myfriendtaughtme.weebly.com/1/post/2017/04/my-friend-taught-meto-seesaw.html
3 Misconceptions About Innovation in Education http://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/7305
1 – Bus Driver Appreciation Day; 3rd grade Music Performance, time TBD; School Community Meeting – “Make a Difference”, 10:45am;
2 – No School for Students (Waiver Day)
3 – Get Fit Girls, 3:35 – 4:30
4 – Admin. Meeting (Herb AM); Staff Book Talk, 8:00 am; PTO Flower Sale Pick Up, 4:00-7:00; PTO Spirit Night at Chick-Fil-A, 5:00 – 9:00 pm
8 – Kona Ice Truck here; PTO Meeting, 7:00; Spirit Week
9 – KG/1st Data Teams; Retirement Party, 3:45
10 – 2nd/3rd Data Teams; SLSP field trip to Dare Equestrian; 5th grade field trip to Art Museum; last day for Get Fit Girls, 3:35 – 4:30
11 – 4th/5th Data Teams; Staff Book Talk, 8:00 am
12 – 4th grade field trip to Art Museum; SLSP Field Day at Darby H.S., 9:15 – 1:30
14 – Mother’s Day
15 – Field Day, 8:30 – 11:30 am and 12:30 – 3:30 pm
16 – Focus fieldtrip to Falling Waters, 5:30 am – 9:15 pm; SLSP field trip to Tim Horton’s and Petsmart, 9:15 – 11:00
18 – Principal’s Meeting (Herb AM); Staff Book Talk, 8:00 am; See Kids Dream 5th grade field trip to Riffe Center
19 – Last day at preschool; 4th grade field trip to Zoo; SLSP fieldtrip to Get Air, 9:15 – 11:00
22 – PTO Spirit Night at Dave & Buster’s, 4:30 – 7:30 pm
23 – 3rd grade field trip to Art Museum; PTO Family Luau, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
24 – 1st grade field trip to Art Museum
25 – Mental Health & Wellness meeting, 8:00
26 – Last Day of School!