Where does the time go?
It’s 2014 already and I am not sure quite how we got here.
Balancing my life over the last year and a half has been one of those things that I have learned on the fly. Over that time I have been a student athlete, joined many new bible studies, fractured my foot twice, gotten great experience as an intern which has led to continuation of the same job throughout the rest of my schooling, been diagnosed with arthritis (something I am still working through), and entered the last three months of undergrad schooling.
Three months? Are you sure? Quite sure. I will be out into the “real world” in April for better or for worse! I am so thankful for the opportunity to have had a great internship since June, and the chance to gain much needed experience. In the last 7 months I have had a whirlwind of a full time summer job, mixing in with schooling as fall quarter started, and minimally trying to keep my fitness together. Let me tell you I struggled mightly, and failed quickly.
One thing I’ve learned is that when I am busy, I am hard to keep active (or updated sorry about slacking on the blogging front!). There are many other tricks that I’ve come to find as I start back up again in this new year! Let’s get to them!
Number one. Big goals are great, but setting many different types of goals is better.
As I’ve turned back to running and physical exercise over the last couple months I’ve found that my goals have had to change, and I have had to be super flexible. My running has been hit and miss, some weeks my foot feels well enough to handle a couple of short runs, other times (like this week) my foot has been sore enough to keep me wary. I am someone who likes to push myself and tend to overdue it if not caught. I have had to learn self control and the value of changing goals.
Number two. Taking care of the little things is vital.
Stretching, strengthening the ankle, knee, and hips has been crucial to success or even feeling good about my foot and overall well being, when I forget those exercises I don’t feel good, for that day, or the coming days. I know it’s going to be a long road to get me back to where I want to be, but others have gone before me, and others will come after.
Sleep is another thing that I value highly under the “little things” and I know I don’t get enough. Working two days a week, on top of school, and late night commitments to different bible studies keeps me on my toes. Throw in homework and the life of a college student is born. I, however, have never been a normal college student taking on the late nights and fixing them with coffee or energy drinks in the morning. I also have been dubbed “old man” and “grandpa” by multiple social groups. My age (at 24 an old college typical college student) and my sleep habits have always contributed to that.
Number three. The value of communal exercise has been greatly understated in my life so far.
For most of my running collegiate running career I ran alone. I was only on the team for one year, and even though I found that year so very wonderful I have been forced back into singleness in my running life. I hear many excuses “you’re too fast,” “that’s too far,” “not today.” While all may be valid, they never helped me, but anyone in my area, I’m at my slowest, I assure you you can now run with me! I love going back home though, and running with my high school buddies, who never think I’m too fast, and know I will slow down. Always a blessing. I now have an old friend back in Cheney for school, and he will be attending Eastern. Thank goodness he’s also a former runner and willing to help push me back up on the horse.
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