Lessons on the Run: Ep2-Small Victories Equals Big Successes[youtube width=”600″ height=”355″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e75J-UVadJk[/youtube]
Running is my meditation…
I think best during and after my runs. Today’s lesson on the run focuses on creating small success.
For the past 8 months I have been injured off and on. The problem was I would start feeling better then I would start back at the level I was at. The body was trying to give me hints but I wasn’t listening. So after 8 months it hit me. Slow down! I know that may seem pretty obvious but when you can, you do! I could physically run faster, I could physically run far but after a few times the body would break down.
Here is what I did…
1st: Create a mindset change. I had to understand that I have to take it slower so that my muscles and tissues needed to adapt slowly.
2nd: Create mini challenges that allowed me to have mini success. The most effective challenge was that I had to do a minimum of 15 minutes of movement exercises daily. That is something doable. So it allowed me to reach a goal and use that to build from.
3rd: Mini runs that add up to bigger runs. I had to break down my running to 5 minute intervals, then I’d stop and do some exercise for about 1 minute, then start running again. I have slowly built it up to 13 minutes. Can’t wait until I can get back to 3 and 3 hour runs. In the meantime I am grateful to be back running and thinking clearly.
I wish you the best in all you do. Don’t forget the little victories will add up to bigger success.
What little challenges can you give to yourself to create mini victories and create momentum for one of your goals?