Another week closer to the reason I started this journey and I am feeling great. I seem to have a completely different outlook on training now and instead of dreading waking up early to train I now feel lost when something comes up to interfere with training. I enjoy my training now. I seem to have this nagging feeling of slight disappointment when I don’t think I am pushing myself hard enough or even think about taking an easier route. It’s almost as though I seek out ways to make my training harder. I forgot how good this makes me feel.
I have continued to incorporate my GoRuck into most of my training including weighted runs. I’m not sure where I derive more pleasure on weighted runs. I enjoy the burn and the burden and knowing that I can overcome the additional weight and any “coupons” I may find along my route. I think though I slightly enjoy seeing the looks on other people’s faces as they ride their bike or run by me. I tend to give them a thumbs up and a big smile. I suppose it may seem a little cocky in a sense that with that smile I give them I may actually be saying, “You look miserable running without extra weight and I couldn’t be happier with the extra 35 – 40 pounds on my back.” Instead it is meant as an invitation to join me in this good livin’.
On my latest weighted run my thoughts began to meander back to January of this year. I took some time during that run to reflect on how far I’ve come in less than a year. Back in January I could barely run 6 blocks without almost collapsing at the end. Here I was 10 months later with 35 pounds of bricks on my back on a 3 mile run with a smile on my face. I have a feeling that 10 -20 years from now I will look back on this year as the turning point in my life.
Yes it has taken some commitment and dedication and no it has not been an easy 11 months. However, all it takes to get going is a desire to change your life for the better. I think that desire ultimately lives inside all of us but sometimes needs a little push to get it going. I started out by choosing to be a better, stronger person. I then made a basic plan for how to get started and set a goal. After that, things just kind of found a way to work out.
I urge each and every one of you that have been following my blog to take a good look at yourself and decide whether you desire to be a better person. If the answer is yes then start taking those steps, as small as they may need to be at first. I have no specialized training but I would be willing to help anyone who so desires to get started.
Keep Movin’ friends…it’s the only way to get where you’re going!