Friday, February 26, 2010

Marathon (Week 7)

Every Friday until November 7, 2010 you will find entries from a series written by Iris about her training to run the New York marathon in 2010. It is something she never aspired to do; she has never run a distance of more than 2 kilometers in her life. In this series she describes her adventures and how she works on her beliefs to transform her challenges and successes into one great experience.

After my article last week, a couple of readers and friends offered to do dialogue exchanges with me to help me work through my frustrations. These dialogues have not yet happened. My traveling and having a husband with flue around changed my priorities a bit this week. And the funny thing is that this didn't really mater, because writing last week's article had already brought me into a very different mental space. I had chosen to be more accepting and loving towards myself. I had decided that the main thing to focus on was being able to run without pain and that I will and can do what is needed to get me there.

What Did I Do?
What did I do? I consistently implemented the strengthening exercises and when any pain showed up, I stopped early. I did more non-impact training and I took way more rest. I also implemented different kinds of stretching exercises.

On Monday, I did a two and a half-mile run and I had to stop and walk a lot. My breathing was very heavy and I didn't run very well. But with a sick husband coughing and hacking around me, I had a good idea where that came from and instead of judging myself and complaining about my performance, I was proud that I was taking good care of myself. The whole week, I consistently took one day at a time, enjoying what I did without judgment, knowing that my performance that day didn't say anything about the next day.

On Tuesday, I skipped my run. Wednesday was my first complete three-mile run in two weeks and it went fantastically well. It was easy, it was fun, I had no pain, I felt GREAT!

I'm finally starting to understand why people want to run. It really can feel good! You have no idea how proud I was!

I am back on track towards my marathon training and I feel wonderful about my progress. Let me share some conclusions I made from my week:
  1. There are always answers to be found at any time.
  2. Answers do not have to be derived by thinking, but can also be reached by doing
  3. The present time doesn’t say anything about the future; it’s up to me to make up and create the future.
  4. If I believe something will work out, I will get to the solution quicker (much quicker).
  5. Persistence over time creates amazing results
What are you working towards? Have you made progress? Did you experience setbacks? What did you learn this week?

Have a great weekend everyone!

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