One of the many things I’ve learned from running is pacing. Many beginners tend to start off too quickly whether it is a long training run or a local road race. The object is to find your pace so that you can run efficiently throughout the race and finish with a kick.
Ironically I’m slow so my pacing is sloth, turtle, tortoise or in other words stop, walk, slog. All kidding aside, I do mind and record my pace more to understand what my body is doing rather than to win a race or obtain a PR.
Being a martial artist and a former nurse and a student of human nature I love learning about the mind-body connection and its effects on our daily lives. For instance yesterday I was feeling less than my usual self, I had a scratchy throat and general malaise – So I skipped my mid-week training run and opted for rest. I paced myself.
Even a few years ago that wouldn’t have happened, I would’ve ignored the signals my body was giving me and I would have gutted out the run. Probably feeling aggravated because nothing felt right and could have injured myself or exacerbated my mild cold symptoms to a full-blown bronchitis or pneumonia (it’s happened in the past).
Not running wasn’t the only way I paced myself, I also got extra rest and rescheduled a few tasks I had in my calendar. I’ve also learned to say no (not an easy task for me). Putting my health first has me saying no for the moment and rescheduling or if the task is too large absolutely no. A student of mine phrased it well when he told me, “It is easier to change a no to a yes, than a yes to a no.” He is right, how often do we agree to do something as a favor and it becomes a huge burden on your mental and physical health? By putting you first, pacing your self – You’ll make it to the end, of a race, a run and more importantly a healthy life…
I’m a seeker of many things. Yet my primary search (I’m sure I’m not alone in this) is about who I am, what makes me tick and how to use this information to make life better . So countless hours and some dollars have been spent on books, on-line quizzes on subjects from astrology to self-help and I must say they all pretty much match up with who I am.
I will cite three different references; Please Understand Me II (Temperament, Character,Intelligence) by David Keirsey( uses Myers-Briggs type indicator). My Results ENFJ an extrovert idealist who is organized this is the Teacher type. Second via the Archetype Me web-site; has me an Intellectual,Caregiver, Visionary. The third and most recent (10 hours ago) Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath (uses Gallup strength finder) Top five Strengths 1 Learner, 2 Empathy, 3 Connectedness, 4 Relator, 5 Ideation. What does all this mean? To you probably nothing, but to me it helps me understand what I’m best at and what I’m not so good with.
Most importantly it confirms what I’ve known for a while, I have a thirst for knowledge (not education) I also have a deep understanding of people and what makes them tick – I’m creative and I love new things and I’m not afraid of trying new things. I also know I can lose focus, that I’m a soft touch in business, and I often put other’s needs way ahead of mine often to my own detriment. Most importantly I’m doing what I was meant to do TEACH, be a MENTOR, CREATE and INNOVATE hopefully for the betterment of others.
By the way Running is one of the things I’ve worked on learning, mentoring and relating…
Do your self a favor and find your talents, strengths and temperament you may learn something; There I go mentoring again – I can’t help myself…
I’ve had a lot of difficult news to absorb in the past thirty-six hours. The problem is this type of news happens everyday. I’ve listened to and read about, child abuse, and molestation, suicide, alcoholism, health disorders, emotional outbursts and heartache! These are the harsh realities of the world we live in…
The flip side is, we have a choice on how we process this “reality”. Do we allow ourselves to spiral into a deep hole of despair or choose a better way? A way in which we turn hopeless into helpful. We need to use our inner resources to come up with ways to mentor, comfort, raise awareness and funds to combat these horrific issues.
We need to face our own demons and learn to love ourselves. Then we can move forward to help others, and become part of solutions rather than the cover ups…