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Hitting The Wall

I recently began running. Throughout my life, I played sports but I’ve never liked running. I’ve logged hundreds of miles up and down the basketball court but distance running is a whole new ball game, so to speak.

On the recommendation of a friend, I started the Couch To 5K program. It is a 9 week program for beginning runners. It starts you off slow with a mixture of walking and a few short runs. Each week you progress to more running and less walking until you are able to run a 5K straight through.

The first few runs were brutal and I’m ashamed to say that I could barely run 3 minutes without feeling like my lungs were going to burst and my body was going to shut down.

Runner’s have a term called “hitting the wall”. It’s a very real condition caused by the depletion of glycogen stores in the liver and muscles, which manifests itself by sudden fatigue and loss of energy. It is something that runners take seriously. But there is also a mental wall that runner’s can hit. This is a response to your mind, not your body.

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Today I’m guest posting for Jennifer Luitwieler. You can read the rest of my story about running and how it ties into identity at her blog today. She regularly has guest posters sharing their stories of identity. You don’t want to miss it!

Also, she wrote a book called “Run With Me: An Accidental Runner And The Power Of Poo“. With a title like that, how can you go wrong? I highly recommend that you pre-order it here.

Comments

  1. Posted on Jennifer’s blog as well:

    Tony I can attest to hitting that mental wall not only while running, but in life in general. I actually just got in from the gym about an hour after a week of no exercise. I got on the treadmill, and I put on for 30 minutes. But I kept looking at the timer. Many times in life we get distracted by our surroundings instead of focusing on the goal and pushing through the wall. Or if we fail once, we try again and but we keep the failure on the back of our minds to our detriment instead of using it as motivation. Awesome post. God Bless.
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  2. Heading over now!
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