Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Swim to the next crack…er, run to the next buoy. Wait. What?

Some standard advice that is often given to make it through the open water swim portion of a triathlon is: Just swim to the next buoy. Good stuff, right?

After not running as much outside over the winter and coming back to it with more frequency a few weeks ago, I quickly discovered that running up the hills in my neighborhood wasn't as easy as the last time my feet had met the concrete.

About four weeks ago, I really wanted to push myself to run the first incline of my regular route. For whatever reason, I remembered this advice about the swim and decided that it could just as easily apply to a run.

So, I pushed myself to "just run to the next crack." Before I knew it I was at the top of the hill and I hadn't stopped to walk.

One of the most fascinating aspects of life is learning something in one area and being able to apply it to others. Just thought I'd share a little of my fascination.

Have an absolutely blessed day, and thanks for stopping by!

10 comments:

Shannon said...

When I first started running, I would say, "just to the next light pole," or "just to the next mailbox." After a while your body will be able to do more and more....

Hill running is hard good stuff.

Missy said...

Never say run to the next crack...that could be the guy in front of you with horrible shorts on:) Hahaha, I kid, I kid. You got it gurl, way to go.

Melanie said...

LMAO at MIssy, but yep, I use those 'mind games' with myself too. Works like a charm :D

IronBob (swimming upstream at IMAZ 08) said...

I remember my first 10K race. One of my goals was to not walk. The mind is an interesting thing and constantly amazes.
Stay on the road of amazement...you won't regret it.

~Jess~ said...

you were awesome!!! awesome !!! awesome!!

great job!

Beth said...

It's great to be able to take lessons learned and apply them to something else. Glad you are getting back outside and in the groove. Good job!

Colleen said...

You gotta do what you gotta do! I always run to the next -whatever- when my mind needs to push... 9 times out of 10 you'll go further than you thought.

M said...

Well said!

ShirleyPerly said...

Yes, great thing to apply what you've learned from something else to another thing. I do that a LOT with my martial arts training, actually. Keep up the good work!!

BreeWee said...

YEAH! To the next light, the next crack, the next tree, totally a must have on all my runs!

Hope you have a HAPPY Easter!

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