Running has always been my favorite me-time activity. It does not only help me clear my mind, it also helps release toxins from my body. Even though running has been my 'sport' and therapy since 2009, I still have not maximized my potential with this sport.
Tonight, I tried to rekindle my love affair with running by jogging (yes, jogging, the slower version of running?) around UP acad oval. I said to myself, just one round of continuous jogging, and I'm done. Mahirap nang mabigla ang katawan, baka may sumakit pa kinabukasan, etc. So I did na my slow jog, and as I was getting into the groove of things, it slipped my mind that my intial goal was only to do one round.
Slowly and surely, the endorphins started kicking in, and I was trying to shuffle my feet faster, slowly increasing my pace, but still a managable one for someone trying to get my groove back. There have been times when I felt a bit of discomfort, maybe because it has been quite a while since I last had a decent run, but my body seems to be overridden by my mind. The adrenaline has pushed my brain to set aside whatever discomfort I was feeling. Sometimes my body won, making me slow down my pace, sometimes even walking leisurely to avoid the 'pain', or even the possibility of cramping (which fortunately didn't happen naman). There have been times when, while I was caught walking by what I thought were slower joggers, and out of pride, I felt the need for speed, and tried to increase my pace conservatively without naman sacrificing the possibility of cramping (takot mag cramps eh noh?).
That has been the scenario during my entire jog, and while I was in my me-time zone, I had a lot of realizations and epiphany while jogging.
1. For me, just like biking, once my body got the hang of running again, the muscle memory kicks in, and it all becomes like second nature. Just like in anything else, the start might be the hardest, but eventually, if I just do it as consistently as before, things will be easier.
2. Another thing, my mind dictates everything. Just like in my business, if I let my emotions get in the way, I will not be able to move forward. If I allow a minor discomfort, just because I am stretching my self, I will not be able to do what I set my mind to do. I have to let go of the minor, temporary discomfort for a long-term benefit.
3. I also remembered that just like in life, running is an individual activity. I control everything, my pace, my stride, my breathing, my emotions as I go through my run. It all boils down to how I view things. There might be times when I get swayed to follow the pace of a fellow runner, but at the end, it is all about me. And my game plan.
4. One must have a definitive game plan in what we do. Or else we would end up in circles, in my case, literally as I didn't have a target number of rounds, or kms ran. But I'm not complaining. The more mileage the better. ;)
5. One last thing that I realized was that, I've been eating a lot lately, and having excess/unused energy source has become unutilized potential; something that could have sparked a greater output for the benefit of many, but because of other factors, they were not put to good use (or in this case, they've become fat). In this scenario, I realized I should go all in in everything I do. No more mediocrity, no more complacency, no mre easy way out. Hard work, discipline, planning, consistent massive actions towards one's goals are the keys to maximizing potential.
Love life and live it to its fullest.