By now I think you all know just how much I’m loving this trek towards 26.2 that Scott and I have been on the past few months. Not just because it’s a totally new physical challenge for us, but much more so because it’s been an incredibly eye-opening learning experience.
…which brings me to the point of today’s post.
Life lesson #26.2: Just (be)lieve
Ultimately, marathon training has taught me (and Scott) to believe in ourselves. Sure, we both come from a pretty faithful place anyway, but this new belief ‘vibe’ I’ve been sensing lately is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before.
…in us. This one isn’t a stretch, I know — but the way we’re bonding through this experience is just awesome. It’s really why I actually look forward to the HOURS we spend on the road during our long runs. We’re together, pushing eachother silently to just keep going. The energy between us is entirely different these days, I just love that.
…in our paths. Sometimes it’s hard to have blind faith that whatever path we find ourselves on, that it’s the right path, the one we’re meant to be on, the one He put us on for a reason. But lately? I find myself learning to harness that ‘believe’ vibe and it’s helping me (and Scott) to trust our paths more and more. Sure, there is lots of uncertainty in our lives right now, but it’s ok because we both believe and know and understand that despite al that, we’re right where we’re supposed to be. Even if we can’t ‘see’ around the bend in our paths yet.
…in our own strength. Hell, I have learned so much this past year+ since joining the barre n9ne family, experiencing the life-changing effects of the barre n9ne 60-day challenge and paying that forward through teaching at the studio as often as I can. But couple that with all I’m learning through marathon training? And damn do I feel the strongest I’ve ever felt. Mentally, I am finding an inner toughness I didn’t know exist. I mean, c’mon — we ran 16 miles this week and my body *and* mind didn’t fail me!! Instead, we totally rose to the occasion. I continue to stand in awe of our progress, week-to-week — not just the miles but how our bodies are responding to the miles.
…in just being. This is a big one. And admittedly still a work-in-progress for me but through marathon training I’m finding myself becoming much more calm, much more centered, much more able to ‘just be.’ <—a phrase coined by my friend Steph that I just LOVE. I’m finding that quieting my mind is helping me to avoid that mental head case that I’m prone to becoming while running. It’s also helping me to calm down in other areas of my life — learning to be a little bit more Type A- instead of Type A+, learning to quit striving for perfection and instead, striving for excellence. Again, this is a work-in-progress for me, but it’s moving in the right direction. And that’s what matters.
So today’s life lesson?