I seek peace within and not outside of myself. When I have found inner peace, I will not yearn for anything or reject anything – Random Paper Wisdom
The problem is I’m not really ambitious about anything. Except running. I know I am not a good enough runner to win any kind of competition, but I am ambitious in the sense that I want to improve myself. Running is easier to train and get better at faster than a lot of other things, Life.
My goal was to be able to run 7.5k and my training started off great! I impressed myself with hitting 7k as early as April this year.
Take in mind I started from a solid 5.5k basis and had given myself three months for every 500 metres increase. So April was better than I could have imagined! I felt sure I’d be running 7.5k easily long before December would knock on my door.
Unfortunately, you decided otherwise.
After hitting 7k two weeks straight, I experienced a major relapse as my body suddenly refused to make it past a meagre 5k.
Time to reconsider: go back to 5k and build up from there. For a while, this seemed to work and I crawled back to a shaky 6k.
The past four weeks I haven’t been able to hit my target distances, Life. My breathing is off and my mindset is rotten; I am not enjoying myself, because I know I’m incapable of hitting my goals.
Apparently, this happens to more people and they have a name for it: sports burn-out.
I assume this is your way of telling me to slow down and rekindle my running fire. Not by chasing high goals, but by going back to the basics and learning to enjoy my runs again.
Because in the end, that’s your most important lesson, Life: enjoy yourself. Be in the moment.
It’s good to strive for greatness, except when it makes you lose your appreciation.