Over the past few days I have made some observations regarding my training. I think they are things that also spill over to life in general as well.
1. The most difficult training days are the rest days. I am early in my training, and also still very excited about it. And I see improvements almost every day. My natural instinct is to want to build on those improvements quickly by pushing myself harder and harder. I know in my head that this is not a good way to train, that it will cause burnout and injury; slowing down my improvements. So, I rest. I still get out and walk on these days, but it’s a slower, less-strenuous walk. And it’s good for me and my training, I know it is.
2. I walk and run with my head down, looking at the ground. It’s bad posture, and probably slows me down, but I spend a lot of time looking at my feet. The other day I made a conscious effort to look up – at the world around me. The first thing I noticed was that the moon was beautiful! It also just improves my mood in general.
3. I have to give myself permission to have a bad training day. I can’t have a ton of bad days, but it’s not going to kill me if I have a day where I’m not faster than the day before, or if I just don’t feel up to finishing my entire workout. I can’t let one bad day ruin my entire week, or month. I have to give myself permission to let it slide, and realize that tomorrow is another day to start fresh.
4. I don’t need my iPod to run anymore. In fact, it’s more of a distraction then an aid. It had been needing a battery change for some time now, and I finally found the charger and got it going again. I used it twice, but just didn’t feel the same need to have it that I once did. Which is a good thing! I think it means that I am more comfortable with my thoughts and don’t need the distraction of some other noise.
I’m not sure yet what can be concluded from these things, other than I can’t just go out on auto-pilot, do the mileage that I’m supposed to and come home. There needs to be thought and effort in everything I do. And I know that this is true for my life in general. In fact, I have started another blog that will be focused on the changes I want to make in my life, including paying more attention to the world around me and not just shuffling through on automatic. You can follow along with this blog at The Science Nerd