As you should know by now, this year I’ve set myself to challenge my lifestyle. January was with cold showers and this month is with running.
February should’ve looked like this: 10 km ran every day, except the last 7 days where I should’ve run 20 km every day. It would’ve been a total of 340 km.
Unfortunately, there was only a total of 155 km.
How I Managed NOT To Achieve My Objective?
First of all, let’s see what I achieved.
My schedule for all the days of February, which ends today, looks like this:
Days 1-9: 10 km daily.
Day 10: break.
Day 11: 10 km.
Days 12-13: 5 km daily.
Days 14-15: breaks.
Day 16: 10 km.
Day 17: break.
Day 18: 10 km.
Days 19-20: breaks.
Day 21: 20 km.
Days 22-25: breaks.
Day 26: 5 km.
Days 27-28: breaks.
What’s With All These Breaks and With the 5 km Runs?
I think it’s because all the effort I put into both this challenge and the January challenge. So I felt the need to take all these breaks.
And by feeling the need I mean that my bones and muscles were hurting.
31 days with daily running in January and another 9 in February. A total of 40 days and a new record.
After the 40 days, the tiredness was too present so I started to take breaks. A day wasn’t enough so I ran smaller distances or took breaks of two days or more.
Mostly, my mind was focused on the last 7 days, when I was supposed to run a total of 140 km.
And I managed to run the first 20 km. Was really great, except the last two. I didn’t have any problems.
Just that … a few hours after finishing the run, I started to feel my knee. The second day I felt it so bad, it was really hard for me to walk normally.
The effort from all these days (of January and February) made my knee surrender. I took a break of 4 days and then I tried again. But after a few km, I started to feel my knee again.
I decided that is better to stop, instead of running and risking to hurt myself.
I Achieved Less Than a Half of The Objective. Where’s The Success?
First of all, I’m still able to run. That’s a big success. I could’ve hurt myself more.
Second, I achieved these 40 days of consecutively running and the 20 km run in one day. I have bigger runs than that, but I haven’t been running more than 10 km since the 64 km mountain ultra-marathon in September 2015.
Moreover, I realized and I’m more conscious about my limitations regarding running. Now, that I know my limitations, it’s easier to set others that are higher and try to reach them.
Next time I’ll try to run more than 40 days consecutively and pay a little more attention to my alimentation.
On short, the objective wasn’t achieved, but I’m amazingly relaxed. Simply because I’ve found other objectives (not better or worse, but different) that I achieved.
“What is The Success Behind My Failure?”
This is the most valuable thing I learned.
The above question is helping me to go past the negative things and focus on the positive ones, which seem to be unobserved.
Therefore, I ask you the same question.
Think about the objectives you’ve set yourself but you are not satisfied with.
What’s the success behind your failure?
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Keep learning and growing,