Training Improvements Don’t Always Appear Instantly…
Do you ever have so much to say and so much wisdom to share that you just don’t know where to start or even how to word it right? friends. I really just want to chat with y’all. I need a moment to be honest. Get a few thoughts off my chest. One of the biggest complaints I hear from people is this:
“I’m not seeing results as fast as I would like.”
So much of this stems from the media with “get rich quick” and “lose 500 pounds in three days” schemes. This mindset is maddening to me.
I think losing weight is a lot like marathon training. It takes a serious amount of willpower and endurance. And the marathoner will not see their peek performance sometimes for years. It takes years. Losing weight may not take you years and years but learning new lifestyles that stick take much more pateince and time than most people are willing to accept. And my job is not to get you skinny in a minute. My job (as I view it) is to instill lifelong habits that form a totally new lifestyle. And that takes time. And a whole lotta work. It takes changing your mindset. That’s the real work.
Getting skinny quick isn’t what it’s all about anyway. This is not reality y’all. Hey, I get it. I really 100% do. There are so many days where I question if what I am doing is making any sense or any progress. So many days I feel like I am spining my wheels. Heck, there’s even days where I feel like I am on the mountain top and I’m still spinning my wheels in every direction going nowhere.
Trust the process.
This is a cute little phrase we hear all the time. And for many of us we read it, hear it or maybe even whisper it to ourselves then cry out “BULL CRAP.”
I’m tired of “trusting the process”. I need to see something. But, here’s the kicker. Progress isn’t always seen instantly. Or even seen in weeks later…
It seems like no matter where I am during a marathon training cycle I’m almost always doing something stressful. And sometimes it feels like I’m running in circles at the same pace.
Five years ago I was a single working mother.
Three years ago I was planning a wedding.
Two years ago we moved homes.
One year ago we bought a home and moved again.
This year I decided to go full force into building my personal trainer life and going into business for myself.
I say all this to say this: LIFE doesn’t stop. It keeps on trucking. So if you’re backing down and out from challenges in your life because there’s never a “good time” or because results are happening asap, I can tell you there will more than likely never, ever be a good time. However, the time will go on anyway.
When I started to get down on myself Tuesday for not meeting my paces I decided to re-read my journal from last year’s winter training. I discovered that I’m running my shorter intervals (800 meter repeats) a bit slower or similar pace but, my longer intervals (3 x 2 miles 2 x 3 miles) are much faster. Training diffrent systesm will result in diffrent results. Still there were results! I had improved in the grand scheme of things after all.
I am not an elite athlete who gets paid to run. But, I enjoy the run. I find that my personality runs in an autotelism state. I find pleasure and satisfaction in the run within myself. I don’t need external factors to motivate me to run or train. However, I’m still struggling with “flow”. You know, learning to just let things flow and find the zone. I am speaking both literally and figuratively here. Both life and running. I have been previously terming it with focusing on the mental edge. I’ve read a few books on the subject, like Elite Minds which is a excellent read, that have informed me. Now I’m currenlty into Running Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihaly, Christine Duranso and Phillip Latter. I’m midway through the book so as soon as I’m finished reading it I’ll let yall know more about this one. So far it’s enlightening…
Last but not least if you read nothing else but this today: do not let your struggle be in vian. I choose to struggle. I choose to fall. Because, I know that’s where the growth happens.
Embrace the struggle. Let it not be in vain. Be patient with yourself. And go with the flow.
2 Mar 2017 / runpinkjess / 0
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