As I got into a learning about becoming more mindful of my actions. I also came to realize that we tend to limit what we can achieve. However, at the same time we also tend to over commit that we end up burning out. So I thought to myself what is it that I can do that will challenge me and how will I commit so I do not burn out….
I started to go over my accomplishments and since I had signed up for obstacle courses like Spartan and mud hero it made sense to choose the next big thing in my head which was the all mighty MARATHON.
The way I approached this was I decided to start from the very bottom of the barrel and work my way up. So without letting my Ego take over I started out walking on a treadmill for just one 1 mile. Although I knew I could do more I did not want to go into this thinking that I needed to kill myself and I soon realized how important that was. Over the next 8 months I slowly increased the distance I was covering and from walking on a treadmill for 1 mile 2 times a week to then running outside for 20-30km. My main takeaway from running a marathon was…..
Patience & Discipline
As we all know running is not the easiest thing and many of us may not enjoy it. The reason for that I believe is, because to put it simple, its hard. You get tired quickly, your heart rate goes up, if you are on a treadmill it tends to get boring and you do not see physical gains as you would if you were working out with weights. (not saying that you can’t run and workout at the same time and be muscular) However, it forces you to learn to be patient with your goals. I would never have imagined that I would be going on 20km runs and not want to lay down and die afterwards. Instead I would feel great and still be functional afterwards. (REMEMBER I did need to put in the effort to get to that point) You also learn fairly early that you have to pace yourself which can be difficult since all you want to do is be done with the run. Slowly though, you will start to learn to love the time you spend running outside and you will start to find the beauty of the area you are in, plus you will get the runners high which is like CRACK. Accept the fact that you cannot sprint the whole 10-15km that you are running because then you will probably have a very miserable run with ALOT of breaks.
In terms of discipline, we may not want to do it and that is fine. If you decide to skip those days though you will be hurting yourself because the marathon is not an easy task so the more time you put into it the better you will be on race day. We also all have our off days and it was the discipline of committing to this task that got me through it. Disclaimer, if you are injured then you need to take the time to let your body heal which I have found to be one of the harder things to do when all you want to do is get faster. (very guilty of this) All these tie into building that discipline and holding yourself accountable to what you have committed to. So this really relates back to the real world for me because we may not always want to work on that assignment or finish that project but we need to because we made a commitment. So for me when I have that thought go through my head I almost always go back to training for the marathon and say well you did 20km that say so this is nothing in comparison to that.
To conclude I would like to ask that YOU, yes YOU go grab your earphones/headphones/airpods and find your favorite podcast/playlist/audiobook and go for a little walk. Walk around your neighborhood, take some nice relaxing breaths and just enjoy your day. Once you do that once or twice or even three times, I want you to try and go for a little run. JUST a little one(1-2km) nothing big and let me know how you feel. (I would love to know)
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope it made you want to go for a run. 🙂
Stay happy, Stay healthy and Keep breathing