It was 2003 and I’d never run any kind of race before. I was doing my internship to finish up my degree and thought it would be fun to join everyone else in the gym in this “Main Street Mile”. It was only 1 mile so what do I have to train for? The day of the race they placed us in chorales based on speed. I’m fast, I knew I could run at a good pace so I made my way to the front. MAJOR mistake! The gun went off and we all started to run. I of course wanted to keep up so I started FAST. Well, by 1/4 miles into the run I was gassed. Everyone started to pass me real quick and I had to talk my way through the rest of the race. I had no idea a mile felt that long when you sprinted the first 1/4. I did complete the race in 7:24 but it took me the entire rest of the day to recover. And I probably could have done so much better if I knew to pace myself.
How many times have you busted your butt to complete something, then looked back and realized there was an easier way? Clearly, the least I should have done was practice running one mile properly. I think we all underestimate the importance of preparing ourselves for the tasks we have ahead. We need to prepare mentally and physically. How can we do this? We have to establish a plan. I could have easily asked a seasoned runner their advice on what I should have done to complete that mile (comfortably…) Don’t let you ego get in the way of asking someone for help. It will help you get through the task so much better and more prepared so you don’t end up killing yourself to get it done. So whether it is a fitness goal, nutrition goal, occupational goal, etc seek out someone who has completed that particular task before or a professional in the industry. You may learn quite a few things from their experiences that will save you time, money, or just physical stress.
We all know that it is not easy to break a bad habit. It’s uncomfortable. We find ourselves in this routine that is easy to flow through, but is it? I love sleep and getting up early has always been tough for me to discipline myself to do if I don’t have to be anywhere. But making sure I have enough time to prepare my day is important. I don’t like to rush myself out the door, but for years I’ve always had early training clients or classes to teach so it made it difficult to wake up early enough to set my day up. Fortunately I’ve been able to adjust my days so that I give myself that one hour to prepare, do a devotion, and set up my task list. We talked about routine yesterday with your fitness and it is also important with how you organize your day so you become most efficient. If my days are not consistent, I will not get as much done as needed. Yes things come up later in the day so the hour at the beginning when I get up is my most important hour. It basically determines my mood for the day too. If you don’t have it already, give yourself one hour to set up and see how much better the rest of your day becomes. 🙂
Life happens, and everyday is not a carbon copy of the last. I’ve owned a fitness studio for over 9 years now and seen all kinds of people come and go. There are some that are here everyday no matter what and others that sprinkle in every once in a while. With those that are the most consistent, what is it that keeps them coming everyday? Do they have less going on in their lives? Absolutely not! Now don’t get me wrong, tragedies happen which cause our lives to come to a halt and things get put on the back burner for a minute or two. Those that are the most consistent make fitness a part of who they are. These people have fitness as a habit so it gets worked into what ever they have going on. Work, family, friends, and relationships all have an effect on our schedules EVERYDAY. It’s up to you how you let it affect your routine. Are you going to stop brushing your teeth because your child is sick? I would venture to say that’s a no. Why? Because your teeth are important and you wouldn’t even think about skipping it because it is a habit. What other habits do you have that won’t quit in times of uncertainty? That answer is totally up to you. Write out your priorities today and view them (and do them) on a regular basis until they become a part of who you are. That’s when you will become one of those people who never quits.