In my last post, I talked about my quest to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
This week has carried with it a whole lot of uncomfortable. From long runs along golden fields of canola to finding my voice when I normally keep silent. I tackled tasks I have put off because of the pain involved within remembering a life that was. I opted to sit in the pain and work through it.
The day after I decided to embrace uncomfortable, I set out on a run. I have focussed on strength training lately and not cardio, so I decided this week I would focus on cardio (which I find to be very uncomfortable). Given my long break from steady state cardio and an old IT Band injury, as I laced up my runners I thought to myself: “I bet I can’t run 10K anymore”. Immediately I was annoyed with myself as I knew I had to do it.
Now, the only way to ensure you will run 10K, is to run 5K away. You have no choice but to run back. 😉 I decided to take an unfamiliar route and seek solace within the childhood memories of gravel roads, fields of gold, and the quiet of the country.
So I set out on the road of discomfort with motivational speeches setting my pace. Click here if you are interested in some motivation for your day.
The first 5K was no big thing but a chicken wing. It was on kilometre 7 when the familiar IT Band ache set in. It was +30 and I could see round balls of bugs hovering in the heat wave of dust over the road. But still, there was no turning back, either way I had to get home. I decided to just slow down to a walk when I needed to and to take that time to think about my goals. What are the facets of my life that are holding me back from reaching them?
In those last 3 KM’s I found more clarity than in recent memory. I was (and am) the only thing that will prevent me from reaching my goals. Change is required within the mind before it translates to action.
It’s time to go to work.
Leave the past behind with the respect it deserves, and focus on rebuilding my authentic life.
I will use this precious gift of time wisely and to my advantage.
I will focus on the good, the positive, the uplifting. Faith.
The only thing within my control is my attitude and perceptions. My perception is in fact my reality.
I choose to look at my bad days as a chance to build character and live within grace and gratitude.
I choose to move forward down this road of discomfort with courage, perseverance, and unyielding tenacity.
I will use my God-given abilities for good with the respect of my purpose on this beautiful earth.
I will let go of control where there is none.
It’s funny how uncomfortable can manifest beautiful certainty. I will remember that run for all of my days. It may have been slow going, but I did it!
I learned more about the strength of my spirit in that one hour than I have in months. What a gift, and one that I wouldn’t have experienced had I not taken the road of discomfort.
When you find yourself at a cross-road, I urge you to take the more challenging route. You never know what you’ll discover.
From my heart to yours,