Ok, it was ridiculously hot and to that end had been hot for some time.
Don’t get it twisted, I am most definitely not complaining, the complete opposite, I love it. I’m the Scottish guy who is solar powered. I kid you not.
I am training for a fast 10k, how fast I guess I don’t really know but I have an idea, a plan and shit load of execution.
Whilst entertaining the back end, last 3 miles of my run tonight, the run started to get a little rocky. Clipping my heels, shorter strides stooped run position. It was not pretty I am sure.
So what did I do, where did I turn to and what worked?
First of all:
– Head up, shoulders back, chest proud, a gap between your chin and your chest.
– Engage your butt muscles, push your hips forward, stand a little taller
– Feet wide, mid-forefoot planting of my foot each stride
– Think Bambi, light on your feet, aesthetically pleasing
It worked, faster last three miles, over the first 5, getting faster every time.
It hurt when I got in, but that feeling — ooooohhhh that feeling of accomplishment though. That was that.
So whats the point to this?
It is not to explain how my 10k run training is going (it is going really well if you are interested)
It is in-fact to relate my 8 mile run tonight to work, relationships, health, life.
Will all have and will continue to have those “mile 5 moments” when it feels like it is starting to fall apart around you.
Work is going bad, you have fallen out with your husband, you are struggling to keep to the new fitness schedule. Whatever it may be, I offer this advice:
- Head up, shoulders back, chest proud, a gap between your chin and your chest. You will get through this, be strong and don’t stop.
- Engage your butt muscles, push your hips forward, stand a little taller. Seek the advice from the coaches, the people who are doing it now and listen to their advice. Apply their knowledge to your everyday life. You will remember some advice from previous. Go back and start again. It does not matter if you drop the ball, it is about how quickly you pick the ball back up again.
- Feet wide, mid-forefoot planting of my foot each stride. Always be looking to move forward, advancing yourself. Read books, attend seminars, workshops and more. Always be up-skilling and adding to your value.
- Think Bambi, light on your feet, aesthetically pleasing. Forget how people perceive you and your look. Do what they won’t do, so you can have what they won’t have.
We have all had moments in our lives when it has been working, the key to successful change is to:
1- Recognise the need to do something.
2- Have the skillset and the knowledge to know what needs to be done.
3- Have the actionable play, the drive, accountability to make you do what needs to be done.
Like I say, this hit me at mile 5, we all have our own mile 5 moments and will continue to have them.
It is all about how we respond to them that makes us who we are destined to be.
Have an awesome day!