This morning,Â beforeÂ 7Â AM, Matt and I ran 7 miles at a temperature of 7 degrees; the first two milesÂ of whichÂ were miserable.Â Â We ran into a cold head wind for the first 3.5 milesÂ which fortunately turned into a tail wind for the last 3.5.Â At about mile 4, I turned toÂ Matt and saidÂ “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.Â We both finished the run feeling great.
ThoughÂ this particular hardship was self induced, many are not.Â Giving up was not an option at mile 2 and neither is giving up for many of usÂ during the many hardships we face in life.Â Â Recognizing accomplishments is a choice.Â Â MakingÂ a habit out of recognizing accomplishmentsÂ is also a choice.Â Â Â ‘Habits of accomplishment recognition’Â feed the strength requiredÂ to deal with the next hardship whether self-induced or not……….worth considering for marathon training and life in general.
I think you’re both crazy for putting yourselves through that, but inspiring. I know you’re right about recognizing those accomplishments. It’s not always easy to do, you don’t always feel like it, but it always makes you feel better once you do it. Making something like that a habit can be a challenge, but is so important to your overall well-being and success…
Well said Phil. Great reminder “â€™Habits of accomplishment recognitionâ€™ feed the strength required to deal with the next hardship whether self-induced or not”
I don’t know how any of you do it!
Your training in such frigid weather is a true testament to the rare type of inner strength and dedication that you all have.
(As an aside, the farthest I’ve ever run was seven miles — in great weather — and I thought I’d die afterwards!)