BRAVO’S CORNER: Lasting Breakthroughs
While at the Chevron Houston Marathon this past weekend, it struck me that we who run-or walk-or simply take the initiative to move in whatever manner nurtures us have been given a special gift. For some, it comes easy… or at the very least naturally. Some of the athletes I visited with in Houston, and performances I witnessed, leave you marveling at the ability of the human body, and spirit. That's, however, not the theme of today’s blog: EVERYONE who takes the challenge to better themselves by getting active opens a chapter of their lives with no script, and the ending is completely up to one’s dedication, and sometimes sheer will to stick to it.
It’s not just about effort. Sometimes, events present themselves that are beyond our control, or we’re too late to stave off. For instance, it’s easy to overtrain when things are flowing. We tend to feel a bit bullet-proof. Whether elite or not as fast, these are universal tendencies that happen to all athletes at some point in our career. When I say athletes, I don’t speak of any certain ability level, as that word defines, to me, traits that go well beyond the physical!
It’s understandable to want to “up your game” when training’s clicking, or you’re coming off a great performance. That’s reasonable, and to some extent, warranted. This, however, is a perfect time, as well as when other roadblocks like injury, conditions or LIFE, to take a “kinder, gentler” approach to the sport. Try to appreciate that running or walking has allowed you to place fitness and wellness as a priority in your life. Then trust your training and the process. Remember how things you’ve truly had to work for-or wait for-usually take on added meaning? It’s the same with your running. Be patient, and each time you experience improvement, instead of defaulting to always wanting more, take the “mini-victories” that lead to real, lasting breakthroughs!
One more thing: if you always seem to be near the back of the pack, don’t be discouraged: you’re accomplishing the same victories as all the others… sometimes even in more life-changing ways. Those who lead a life of motion are usually the most encouraging people you can find, and that camaraderie will be a strong component in keeping you out there when times are tough. And what’s more: the real stories are usually in back of the pack, so be proud and keep thriving! See you on the roads, and back here soon!