I’m on day 35 of the Runner’s World Streak #rwrunstreak winter 2017 (I started 4 days late due to company in my house over Thanksgiving) and as much as I love running, I have to say I’m looking forward to it being in the “Accomplished!” column. I’ve learned so much about myself, about self-coaching (I can be kinda bitchy to myself), and the rewards of not listening to my inner slacker (I ran with Charity Miles to earn donations to charities through my running. Great motivator!). HOWEVER . . . it’s hard to keep the love affair going when I never get away from it. Everyday – whether I want to or not, whether I’m feeling sick, still healing from bruises, my muscles ache, my sinuses are throbbing and my eyeball feels like it’s about to pop out, or it’s Christmas day – I run. I’d say “OMG” but I’m too tired and sore to bother.
On the flip side, I’ve gotten a lot stronger, both physically and mentally. I’ve learned I can do things and reap benefits even when I’m not enjoying the activity at the moment. I’ve learned I need to be kinder to myself – and I can still kick butt even though I’m not necessarily kicking my own all the time – and I learned determination sometimes means you choose to show up and follow through – everyday, no matter what. Period.
So as I prep to go back to school, staff, students, and parents, my new learnings are speaking to me. Let’s be honest – whether you’re a teacher, coach, leader, administration, or just a life-long learner – going back to the daily “treadmill” of work and dilemmas looks about as appetizing as my real-life treadmill looks at 5 A.M. in the cold dark basement. But taking my new insights with me as I move forward, I know a few things:
- It won’t be dark once I turn the lights on; it will be cozy.
- Getting started is the worst part; once I get going, I actually begin to enjoy it.
- Whether I enjoy it or not isn’t important; doing it is.
- I will feel better about myself at the end of the day because I did what was important and necessary – for me and maybe for others as well – and I might have just helped someone else along the way.
- In the end, it doesn’t matter how fast or brilliant of a job you do on any one day; what matters is how you finish the course. Showing up and finishing are half the battle.
Runners take your marks! The second semester race is about to begin – good luck and I’ll see you along the course on the way to the finish line!