Hey! Is this thing on?
Indeed, it is.
Today, I’m sharing what was intended as my very first post on Kicking it In. I went a different direction, for some hopefully fairly obvious reasons, after running the Boston Marathon on April 15th, and you got to know a changed me pretty personally right off the bat. Scary, a bit, in retrospect, but I’m good with it if you are.
I’ve waited a long time to do this. Perhaps too long, but at let me start by saying I’m glad we’ve landed here together.
Kicking it In came to me in January of 2009 when I was lonely for some quality discussion on training and running and eating and the whole deal. I wanted to both share with and learn from those who bring it on the roads, in the gym and in the kitchen, while managing to stay coherent and decently cheerful otherwise.
There just weren’t a lot of those folks around me offline at the time, so blogging on it seemed like a good idea. Then I second-guessed myself as being too close to the fire to be informative or even mildly entertaining on the topic, so after buying the domain, I let stage fright take over.
Until now. Phew, glad that’s done.I trust you’re here because you share my passion for “getting after it” in all facets of life, but foremost-ly in your pursuit of your healthiest (and fiercest) physical self. It’s my belief that physical power creates mental power, and that you can create a new (or better) center of power through dedicating yourself to living as fit as you can. Get a little – okay, get a lot – of lead out, and you’ll find your center, every time.
We’re going to get to know each other a lot better, so I won’t write a too-long tome about me and my philosophies (right now). Basically, though, I can’t spend my whole day working out and I really don’t want to. I don’t eat bark and stones. I don’t even take ice baths. And I definitely don’t advise others to do any of those three (note: I am not against ice baths).
What I DO do is challenge myself to keep pushing forward toward my goals for my mind and my body, and for me that drives every other type of goal and dream I have for my life. Isn’t always easy, for sure.
I want chocolate. See?
This January, at the height of reflect-and-resolve-in-the-new-year season, I cleaned a little house mentally and in the spirit of one of my fave books this year, The Happiness Project, have since settled on three governing principles, or commandments, for myself and for KiIN, that I do want to share with you now.
So, around here, now and forever more, we will always:
Be about progress, not perfection. As thousands of inspirational quotes tell us, life is about the journey. So is the fit part of it. You can’t nab the goal(s) until you take the path to them. Taking stock of your trip down that path while you’re on it will yield immensely valuable physical and emotional data as you pursue your next goal after this one is in the bag. And owning the little things you do right along the path drives you forward toward more good choices and more progress.
Toward that end, I’ve begun keeping a log of my training cycles from the narrative perspective, aka a journal (as well as keeping my already established training log habit for running and weight work). I want to be able to look back at how I felt and what I used to get me through difficult workouts, how I set and credited myself for goals achieved, what mantras I used in races and how my in-race mentality shifted from my pre-race mentality in a given race, etc – all in an effort to better understand how my mind-body connection is doing so that I can continually improve on it and best utilize the adage, “what the mind believes, the body achieves.”
Be positive. Wow, what a tall order this one can be for me. I know every runner I coach who is reading this admission right now is gasping.
I’m big on never, ever OVER-estimating my abilities, so that I’m always operating as a realist in what I do. This has come back to bite me at times, so I’ve made myself loosen up and let go of my tendency to turn realism into an excuse to over-indulge in self-criticism. I’m now trying to place the most constructive self-criticism I can in very strategic places – for example, I have actually stuck to my final ruling that my first-ever Boston Marathon, despite being run well under my capabilities, is good enough for many reasons, and will forever be considered a ‘win’ in my racing annals. It’s extremely tough not to rip my performance apart and sit and stew in a giant vat of desire for a faster race there. Instead, I’m moving on and training for a faster race somewhere else, which will in turn lead me to an even faster Boston in 2014 (if the marathon gods allow), and what a meaningful WIN that one’s gonna be, you know?
Exercise realism, but every third time around, DREAM BIG with no fear. (Or more often, to taste.) There’s that ‘r’ word, again. The counter r is RISK. I’m taking more risks this year (no, not referring to the ones forced upon my by evil) and choosing goals that are just at the edge of unrealistic, hoping to find out what’s really achievable if I work these three commandments at all times. I’d love to detail some of those risks right now, but then I’d eliminate some good post ideas. Launching this blog is one of those risks. I’m trying to greatly reduce the size of my comfort zone, while taking into account that I’m a mom and I don’t want to turn my kids into orphans if I can help it.
I can’t wait to see how adhering to these three principles propels me through the rest of 2013, and how they impact not just my running life but the whole. It was incredibly tough to come up with just three, but in the interest of keeping it simple, here we are.
So far, so good, and I will detail exactly how far and how good in upcoming posts.
Do you have guiding principles for your fit life? Can you put into writing JUST three and live them for an entire year?
I’d love to hear about what you choose to drive you forward. Let’s do this.