I ran along the path by the waters of Lake Champlain. It was early. Just sunrise. Crisp and cold. Other than a few people out walking their dogs I only saw one other runner. The quiet except for the sound of seagulls echoed with my thoughts. A runner training for a long distance race must become comfortable with the ramblings of the mind as the miles tick away for the hours can be many. On my run I happened up these words stenciled and spray painted on the walkway, “Resistance Must Become Like Breathing.” These words resonated with me. I’m guessing they were painted as a part of a resistance movement started in response to dissatisfaction with the current political climate. For me however it began my mind wandering through thoughts about the meaning of the word resistance, what it means when thinking about goals in our lives and what it has to do with running.
Resistance can have both positive and negative connotations. I am someone who has a hard time dealing with change. I am very resistant to changing things in my life even when what is happening may not be the most positive. I resist even when letting go may bring more happiness. But resistance can also bring you great success and to places that you thought you might never end up. When we resist in the face of fear and don’t let it to control us we end up stronger.
Training to meet a goal will have high points and low points. One of the challenges training for a marathon happens as the training load builds. As the miles get longer, the physical and mental demands on your body grow. The voice of negativity during this period in training can damage your drive and desire to reach your end goal. However you must resist and find inner strength to continue forward. In order to keep yourself on track keep a training log, have an accountability partner or coach who you can check-in who will help you to move further forward. Also, there may be people alone the way who don’t believe in you and your goals. Allowing this negativity to permeate your self-worth and to block you on the path to your goals is damaging. In the face of this type of attitude you must form a one person resistance-state your goals, believe in yourself and don’t give weight to the words of those who try to bring you down.
I need to work harder on letting go in the face of change but to resist and stand up when it counts!