I started this in an attempt to show my students the way of taking on challenges and sticking with them. In the beginning of the school year, I was NOT a long distance runner by any means. I hated the thought of running a 5K and my exercise solely consisted of weight training. As I brainstormed activities or skills that I wasn’t very good at, or knew there was room for growth in, I felt that endurance running was a good fit. I was certainly no expert, so I felt that showing my students some genuine growth via my documentation of it would be a fun challenge to take on.
I’m about a month in, and what I’ve discovered is that running anything over a mile or two is much more of a mental game than a physical one. I can’t tell you how many times the thought “It’s okay Nick, you can stop here. You’ve worked hard enough today” has crossed my mind. Getting my legs to keep moving has been a much easier task than convincing my brain that I’m not done. To be honest, I love the mental warfare that I have to overcome to keep pushing forward. It’s not easy, but it’s powerful to accomplish something that your brain decided you couldn’t. Running has become an excellent arena to apply any and all skills of perseverance that I’ve read in books or absorbed from podcasts. I never thought I’d say this, but I’m looking forward to the road ahead, knowing that 13.1 miles will eventually be a distance I can run and run well.
Below you will find a link to my most recent “episode” of my half marathon journey. I send these videos out to my students every other week to give them a peek inside my training. The majority of my students have relly bought into it, which has been an amazing thing to see. Enjoy!
Until next time,