I hate running.
This is one statement I never understood. I have always instinctively loved running. I was never really sure why until tonight while on a run.
I was jogging down Montreal Rd. in Ottawa when I realized what I was thinking,
I can’t wait to stop. How long have I been running? How much further? I can’t wait to stop.
At this moment I had a realization. In order to enjoy this activity I had to focus on changing limiting beliefs, focus on being in the moment and not the result or the physical discomfort I feel during a run. This was half the realization.
The other half of the realization was understanding the real benefit of running. I compete in Taekwon-Do. I compete on a high level, which causes a lot of mental stress. I actually have a lot of anxiety about even training. I get nervous about how I will look, if I am performing at the level I should be. If I am putting in enough effort and more.
These thoughts happen minute by minute, second to second often continuously repeating… just like when I was running. The problem with having them about and during Taekwon-Do training is that most activities within a class or training session happen is bursts of time and short intervals. This allows for a mental check. On the break I can take a breath, relieved that I completed one exercise before becoming anxious once more about the next.
There is no real opportunity during a Taekwon-Do training to isolate my limiting thoughts and focus on turning them off, around or down. I need to put 100 per cent of my focus into the exercise.
I suppose I could but it would take many, many classes to do the same amount of mental reworking I could complete in one run. Running long distance is the perfect opportunity to push my body to that point where those limiting thoughts emerge and then maintain that pace while I (this may sound strange) separate from my physical body and completely exist inside my mind or conscious.
If you don’t like running I think it’s a perfect opportunity to give it a try. Everybody has the potential to run and enjoy it from a physical perspective, it’s the mind that gets in the way.
The Art Of Adaptation: Every limiting thought is also an opportunity.