I ran a marathon last weekend with a very specific time goal. It would have been the fastest I have run that distance so far. As an adult, I’ve loved running and other endurance sports for several reasons: I love being in nature, and enjoy the quiet time, as well as the ability to understand my mind under exhilarating and challenging circumstances. Running is a ritual I love. However, through this new goal, I realized that in the last few years I’ve held back on fully letting my competitive athletic side out. As I ran the marathon and came close to my goal, I realized I was willing to put much more work into seeing what potential I have if I shifted my mindset and training slightly. My hope is that I learn something new about myself and the experience no matter the outcome.
Because running can be a beautiful metaphor for how we live our lives, I have a few questions for you. Are there areas in your life where you are holding back, even if just slightly? Is there one goal you want to focus on and give your all to - just to see what would happen? You don’t have to be 100% dedicated and invested in everything in your life to get benefits and enjoyment from them, but if you pick one or two parts of your life where you are holding back and put in significant work and dedication, what would happen?
Letting go and diving fully into a new adventure or a new way of doing something you already love, requires an open mind, dedication, a solid support team and willingness to ride the ups and downs of the journey.
I wish you happiness, success, and love.
Cory Nyamora, Psy.D.
Dr. Cory Nyamora is an endurance sports coach with certifications from USAT and USATF, a licensed clinical psychologist, and the founder of Endurance – A Sports & Psychology Center, Inc. He provides endurance coaching for beginner and experienced athletes, as well as psychotherapy services to children, adults, and families.