“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
This week has been a trial in keeping on track (excuse the pun, haha).
I’ve always been one to get disappointed in myself easily. If things don’t go perfectly the first time, it’s easy for me to see myself as having immediately failed, and it’s hard to rev myself back up again. I’ve known this for a long time, so I knew that trying to change my attitude and be more motivated and optimistic would be one of my hardest challenges on this journey to achieving my goals.
As powerful as our legs are, as magnificent as our lungs and arms and muscles are, nothing matters more than the mind.
—Scott Jurek, Eat & Run
So classes started last week. After the first day I wondered why I ever complained about being bored and having nothing to do. Suddenly my days were packed with reading, studying, and basically trying to stay on track and organized. But that’s school for you.
I talked to my coach and started easing into some workouts. It was just some easy biking, warming up, and feeling around in the weight room. I was a little sore, but in that way that makes you feel good about yourself. Or at least, it made me feel good about myself. This week should bring a real step into more substantial workouts, which I’m looking forward to.
The new school year is starting, and as usual I am extra motivated to do well, especially since it’s my senior year.
Not only am I extra excited for school, but for once I’m also excited for pre-season training! It’s a shock, I know. After the experience running abroad this summer, and knowing with a lot more work I could be a much better sprinter, I’m just looking forward to hitting the weights and gaining some strength back, as well as working on my running technique. My coach told me I’ll be lifting 4 times a week when I get back to it, and I plan on slowly working my way into a much healthier diet and lifestyle, which I will document here. I’m notorious for eating horribly and having it not affect my body too severely, but I really want to make that switch and see just how eating right and getting more sleep will help me. Wish me luck guys!!
In other news, I move to my new apartment tomorrow, and I can then finally get started on getting settled and preparing for school. I won’t start strength conditioning until next week, so until then I’ll just be focusing on school and getting a head-start on the healthy lifestyle goal.
This blog is just in its beginning stages, but I have big plans for the future and I hope to look back in a year’s time happy with the results here and with my running.
Until next time,