Wrestling the bear
Saturday, September 01, 2012
I have been pushing through heat and sickness lately to try and increase my speed on my race walking. It has seemed like an uphill struggle at times. So today, it was time to take it on the road - field test if you will what the interval and treadmill sessions have brought - if anything.
--Observation 1 - it felt good to be on the road and working through the different "gears" as I accelerated quickly to race walk pace.
***Learning 1 - it is important to REST.
--Observation 2 - feeling my changing heart and breathing, I pictured them as a big teddy bear to embrace rather than something to muscle through made the transition smoother and easier.
***Learning 2 - wrestling with the bear of challenges is sometimes more work than embracing them and working THROUGH them.
--Observation 3 - when the first mile mark went past at 13:40 the feeling was FABULOUS and it pushed me to continue further.
***Learning 3 - success feeds upon success.
So as I went up and down the rolling (or not so rolling) hills of my training racewalk, I realized that training was like the terrain today. Wonderful at times, absolutely mind blowingly horrible at others. But the work still brings benefit.
So embrace the bear - the bad workouts and the good ones. We are on a journey, not a one day glory trip. Embrace your bear and while you are at it, embrace you too. Give yourself a HUGE hug today. You are special, you are unique and you are making a positive change in your life. That puts you ahead of 90% of the pack. GO FOR IT! Your changes and hard work will take you to places you never imagined!!