This morning, before 7 AM, Matt and I ran 7 miles at a temperature of 7 degrees; the first two miles of which were miserable. We ran into a cold head wind for the first 3.5 miles which fortunately turned into a tail wind for the last 3.5. At about mile 4, I turned to Matt and said “I love this point of a tough run”; that point where you’ve overcome the hardship and have recognized the significance of the accomplishment, he agreed. We both finished the run feeling great.
Though this particular hardship was self induced, many are not. Giving up was not an option at mile 2 and neither is giving up for many of us during the many hardships we face in life. Recognizing accomplishments is a choice. Making a habit out of recognizing accomplishments is also a choice. ‘Habits of accomplishment recognition’ feed the strength required to deal with the next hardship whether self-induced or not……….worth considering for marathon training and life in general.