April 4th 2006
For those of you who run or exercise, how many times have you heard “make sure you stretch before you run?”
Well, although physically stretching before you exercise has its benefits, equally important is stretching your boundaries and challenging yourself to stretch beyond your comfort zone.
It’s so much easier – and safer – to just stick to a routine, but it can be so much more rewarding when we stretch beyond our boundaries and challenge our fears versus giving into our fears.
What could you accomplish today if you stretched beyond your comfort zone?
Challenge yourself to learn something new or do something (anything) new that you’ve never done before and see what you learn from the experience.
A challenge I’ve been taking head on is stretching physically before I run, as well as stretching the mileage I run each week. It hasn’t been easy.
One, I really don’t like to stretch, and two, I really don’t “like” running long distances.
This week – according to the marathon training schedule – I’m supposed to run 28 miles. This doesn’t sound like a lot if I was scheduled to run each day (which would breakdown to four miles each day), but I’m only scheduled to run four days and one day includes – are you ready for this – a 14-mile run!
Now, for me, that’s a stretch!
Check back next week to see how I did this week with my stretching.
Ron Goch, The Telios Group
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