Ways To Stay Healthy | Running Happier Despite Setbacks

Ways To Stay Healthy

I am going to be as real as I can with this post.

I have had a lot on my mind recently as it pertains to goal setting, writing about ways to stay healthy, mentally and physically, is at the heart of it.

Possibly a few other frustrations as well. I won't go into that for the sake of not going into a frenzy.

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How many of you have come across people who simply don't get you or support the goals that you have?

Have you ever been seen as someone that you are not?

Rundreamachieve is more then just a site about running.

It is a place that I hope, in time, will be a site where people who are hurting or who need an encouraging word can come to get in a successful frame of mind.

Find A Supportive Environment

Where your goals can be heard and significant information is provided to help get you there.

Writing, for me, is therapy, helping someone achieve a goal they or someone else thought was impossible, inspires me.

I have always loved helping people and many have done the same for me. I owe.

Slow Doesn't Mean Unmotivated

I remember while I was still at basic training at Fort Jackson I always sided with the Soldiers who were getting picked on by the Drill Sergeants because they weren't keeping up on runs, in their daily duties.

They were clearly trying the best they could but everyone develops at different speeds.

We all don't grasp ideas or achieve athletic or professional success at the same rates.

Stealing Of Dreams

People who are at higher levels of competence or experience who expect you to be on their level and to grasp things at the same speeds as they do are missing it.

A kind word of encouragement can go a long way. You can do it is all most of us need.

We need someone who is going to believe in what we do and not tear us down.

Have you ever felt like you were giving all your time and attention to someone else's goals and dreams and leaving your own by the wayside?

You give up 5 days of your time to a job, then only get 2 days to yourself as a reward and sometimes, in many cases, people come home to do more work on those two rest days.

The majority of us have to work a full-time job and have to fit in our training around it.

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What keeps me going despite many frustrations I have as an active duty Soldier is a quote by world-renowned exercise physiologist and olympic running coach, Dr. Joe Vigil, who said,

There are 24 hours in a day, if there are a number of things you want to accomplish, compartmentalize them so you can do it all.

If you know Coach Vigil as I do you know that ‘impossible' is a word not in the man's vocabulary.

You have to fully commit and the moment you do, regardless what you have to devote your time to, you will be dangerous.

Why? You cannot be swayed or changed on account of time constraints.

Your focus is razor sharp and if you have a supportive boss, they are going to notice that.

Get In The Trenches

Napoleon Hill, author of Think And Grow Rich, asked Thomas Edison what he would have done had he gave up after his ten-thousandth failure of forming the lightbulb.

Can you guess what his response was?

I would not be standing here next to you talking, I would be in my laboratory conducting the next experiment

Focus On Your Goals

One of the most powerful ways to stay healthy in this sport is not deterring your path to success in running on account of someone else's plans for you.

It could be a supervisor at work who doesn't realize how important your goal really is, a friend swaying you to go party when you had a 15-mile run planned, or a loved one close to you.

You made the commitment to set a goal. It is your goal and many times you are going to be faced with obstacles along the way that try to stop you.

People are well-meaning.

Sometimes they have great intentions, they want you to follow ‘the career path' to advancement yet it is their goals, how they have followed things.

I believe sometimes the status quo should be challenged. Doing something against how everything has been done in the past causes people to question, to label, to form opinions of you that are not true.

Know this..you will be challenged but keep your focus no matter what.
Reap And Sow

You reap what you sow is true.

What happens if you have totally opposite goals and know that your boss, although quite possibly means well, doesn't see the big picture.

You know that by following what your boss or supervisor wants, it will take your time away from the goals you have.

What do you do then?

It Is Your Choice

If you run into the above scenario make the decision not to sway from your goal. Anthony Robbins, put it like this,

I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and life's greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve. This level of resolve can move mountains, but it must be constant and consistent. As simplistic as this may sound, it is still the common denominator separating those who live their dreams from those who live in regret.

Make the choice that no matter what you have to deal with you are going not going to let up.

Trust me, over the nearly thirteen years of military service I have had many instances where my patience was tested.

What kept me going?

have taken my frustrations out on the roads from people telling me I should quit cause I wasn't ‘good enough'.

2.43 for a marathon doesn't do much damage when you are running against 2.12 guys.

Persistence in the face of obstacles helped me to eventually outrun 2.12 marathoners.

You have to have it in your mind far before you ever hit that golden moment when you perform almost beyond what you thought you were capable of.

I was still a 2.40.02 marathoner but I saw breaking 2.22.00 as a reality.

Visualize Your Goal

I pretty much had to believe it in my mind and do the work in training until it actually became a reality.

I truly believe the power of the mind, coupled with the willingness to sacrifice ungodly hours and time it takes to do difficult things as not only necessary, but essential.

To give anything less then your best is to sacrifice the gift – Steve Prefontaine

Don't Accept Failure

Jim Rohn describes the formula for success as

a few simple disciplines, practiced every day

I relate to runners who are beginners who have fought their entire lives to run a 10K in 35.00 or finished a marathon in 4.00.00.

The media, USA Track and Field and major running magazines like Running Times, Runners World or Track and Field News would never pay attention to runners currently at these levels.

Why?

Quite possibly because they don't feel they are significant enough.

They are to those who are busting their asses to earn them.

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We ALL have worth. 

Everyone has a story to tell. Far too often the attention is given to the ‘elite' runners.

Someone who has lot 70 pounds and has the commitment to get out the door and ends up running a 1.55 half-marathon is elite too.

A man who goes from running a 4.40 marathon to run 3.27 and qualify for the Boston Marathon has also had to put forth an elite effort in training that warrants the same respect and admiration as Ryan Hall or some guy who breaks the 2.20.00 marathon barrier.

The video below I usually watch everyday just to remind myself that no matter how hard we think we are working, we can always do more.

Are we maximizing our capability? How badly do we really want to succeed.

This video, what is said, is one of the most powerful reminders of the human spirit out there.

Running is one of the most rewarding sports but takes enormous commitment (like anything) to do well.

No Time For Excuses

I, personally, am tired of hearing ‘well I am not a runner' or ‘I don't have the genes to run fast'. How do you know?

How much time do you devote to finding out?

The woman who drops 70 pounds to break 2 hours for the half-marathon, the man who drops over an hour off his marathon time knows what this entails.

People like this, people like you, deserve the rewards that come from your hard work.

Focus On Your Time

It is, outside of family, the most precious gift we have.

Runners who want to succeed, achieve a certain goal or finish their first race have to see the time they spend running as a pleasure, not a painful experience.

Are there going to be days when it hurts? You can count on it.

I can guarantee you this, wherever you are in the world, the day you cross the finish line far under your goal time or you finish that first race and get your finishers medal..what are you going to remember?

No Easy Shortcuts

The pain you had to deal with during those workouts? No, it will be the joy of what you just did. You will never get back time.

You can make all the money in the world but we all have to come to the realization that money and career is not what is most valuable.

Family, health and time is…keep hustling.

These three priceless entities and our focus on them are the best ways to stay healthy.

Don't let the trap of what others want for you, the paths they want you to follow ruin these three things.

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