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Noticeable Improvement

I like to run. I ran a lot during my teenage years; often times running 3-5 times per week. I took a hiatus from the activity for a reasonable length of time. Perhaps several years. Now I’m back at it, running consistently for the last few years again. It feels good. Although the activity has become a bit more painful over the last few years, I have resolved that running through the pain will pay off for the long-term as it pertains to physical wellness.

Running is a tough animal. There are many variables that can make the activity quite tedious even a tad frustrating;

1. It’s monotonous

2. It’s painful

3. It’s hard on the joints

4. It’s time consuming

5. It’s often a solitary activity

6. It’s exhausting

Despite all of my listed whiny complaints about the sport, it does tend to test the mental resolve and toughness of the human mind. It makes a person test their will power and endurance.

The last 2 years of running have been difficult. I’ve only seen a gradual and slow improvement. It’s frustrating, sometimes discouraging to only notice small incremental improvements. Yet I can say that I am finally beginning to see noticeable improvements.

2 days ago I did a lengthy loop with an extremely steep climb in the middle of it. I wanted to stop but decided to bull on forward. I kept going and finished strong. The next day I felt weary. My muscles were stiff. My chest a bit tight. And my lungs somewhat tired. I got another run going though and felt it may be wise to shorten the distance for the day.

It turned out to be a good idea. My body had had enough and needed a day of rest. Funny thing though, at the end of my sluggish run, all of the sudden my legs said ‘hello there my friend, I am here for you’. In an instant and hearing the word ‘Sweet’ echo through my head, I kicked it into high gear, feeling like a juggernaut plowing through a brick wall.

Have you felt this kind of noticeable improvement in any aspect of your life as of late?

Matthew Polkinghorne

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