Kudos to anyone who gets my Hamilton reference!
Last week, I pondered what makes me back off, slow down, or let go. Do I do these things when I absolutely have to or am I giving up too soon? When I drop from the monkey bars, could I go reach for one more bar or am I just letting go and dropping to the ground because the task is difficult? How do I know when to let up? I pushed through the discomfort last week while working on the monkey bars and was able to reach two more bars. That seemed like evidence that I should push myself in the following day’s 5K.
During Wednesday’s monthly 5K, I pushed myself in the beginning. I can keep going, I told myself. This lead to horrible burnout and my slowest time in weeks. My third mile was over a minute slower than my first. My plan to challenge myself backfired.
We had a busy weekend with horribly cold, rainy weather. I didn’t get out to run. Tuesday and Wedsenday had other afterschool responsibilities, so I did not get to the Boulevard. My bag is packed and I am ready to head over after school today.
In adapting to the Summit Learning Platform, I’ve worked a lot with my students on perseverance and growth mindset. This research carried over into parenting. Now, it carries on to me. How do I challenge myself? How do I respond to setbacks? I see progress in yoga and weightlifting (180-pound deadlift!!!); what is my plan for making progress in running? I’ve been stuck at 12:30 pace for weeks. I want to see improvement before the Monster Dash at the end of the month. The first thing I need to do is up my practice. Next week’s schedule is free of meetings and obligations. I can head out twice after school.
I’ve managed to continue running after completing BRG. I’ve managed to create a schedule adapting to summer and the start of a new school year. Soon, I will need to manage through cooling temperatures and shorter days. For now, I need to continue to challenge myself and reach the next round of goals.