My nutrition coach, Josh Citron, gave me some sage advice that I took to heart. He told me that when he is looking for encouragement, he turns to others accomplishments and sent me links to two videos, which have totally inspired me to think bigger. Both were about people who did things that totally blew me away. I had no idea there were 100 mile races, or the Iron Cowboy that did 50 ironmans in 50 days in 50 states (the thought of one ironman to me is such an awesome accomplishment), or several marathon type races over several days in rugged terrain (Barkley Marathon)…..
I added these links below along with a recent podcast from Ben Bergeron where he emphasizes doing what you are afraid of and not following feelings – waiting to “feel like” going to the gym, etc. Facing fear – the title of this blog.
So because of that, I’ve found an athletic coach and athlete extraordinare, Gary Lombardo – to help me improve (plenty of opportunity there) and to be the best physically I’ve ever been at the age of 52.
I love being at the bottom – being the worst at something and getting better so it should be a good year. I intend to blog through this process – writing has been another personal goal of mine. Can I still do it? I have only done hundreds of powerpoint presentations the last 30 years…. I wonder if I have anything to say. Reading and writing will be a part of this journey as well and I will share books and my thoughts about them in future posts.
A few weeks ago I was given permission by my surgeon and physical therapist to run and I immediately did a 5K at Mine Falls in Nashua. Fell and face planted in gravel (feature pic of this post)
– luckily on my good side else I’d be having my shoulder surgery again. I was scared doing that race – not because I hadn’t run that far recently but I just hadn’t done anything like that in a long while. Doing things I am afraid of gives me a sense of accomplishment as well as proving that most fears are unfounded and that without putting yourself out there to be vulnerable, you won’t discover things about yourself or meet others that truly inspire you.