“Me thinks that the moment my legs began to move, my thoughts began to flow.”
– Henry David Thoreau
Today’s workout of the day was a run
Distance: 12:00 miles
Pace: 10:15 min/miles
Most distance runners will agree that once the body is physically warmed up, they get into a zone. The zone is place where you forget about your distance goal for the day. You stop thinking about your stride, your pace, and your mind freely wanders to unexpected pleasantries. Even if the mind is preoccupied by a legitimate pressing issue, the zone gently and magically thrusts the thoughts elsewhere deep into the brain.
When I’m in my zone, I feel like I am gliding through the air and everything feels especially good.
This morning I unknowingly startled a ginormous but beautiful black curly-haired dog. He viciously barked and lunged at me, making serious attempts to get away from his owner. A tight grip by his owner, kept the large beastly one from getting to me.
The incident abruptly took me right out of my zone. My heart raced harder than any other parts of my run. Stricken with fear for a moment or two, I felt flushed. Several deep breaths calmed me. But still, it took me about a half mile or so to get back into my zone.
“Come on girl! Don’t let that darn dog mess you up! Relax!” I said this to myself aloud several times. I had to force myself to focus because I was wondering about other dogs that might come long this morning.
As I continued my run, I realized that although maybe not the exact scenario, but events occur during our workday or week that sometimes get us off track and cause us to lose focus. That loss of focus can lead to even greater distractions for longer periods of time. Hence, getting off track in our professional or personal lives, and not understanding the what’s or the why’s that occurred which put us in an unhappy place.
I am easily distracted. The awareness helps me to overcome the challenge. The awareness also motivates me to take preventive measures so that I can carry out goals and tasks. Do I get it right all the time? Nope, but I am work in progress for sure.
This is an example of one of the situations where an idea comes to mind while running and I try to apply it to other aspects of my life.
My run was fabulous this morning. Initially I did not have a distance in mind. About five miles into the run, I thought, “I should run this route twice today!” So I did and it totaled 12 miles!! Yay!!
Remember to Keep it movin and have a wonderful holiday weekend!