What running taught me about pacing myself in life

Shooting off like a bullet right from the start is exciting. After all, it is what you want to do and that excitement is what you want to feel. It is counterproductive, though!

I learned this when I regularly did running around my neighbourhood to maintain my fitness (and of course, push my attractiveness quotient up a few notches). When I started, I always used to begin with a mad sprint. Excitement always got the better of me. This was bad because not even a quarter distance into my jog I would be tired and feel like going back.

But I could not bear the guilt of giving up, so I always ran forth.

Of course as time wore on, I got better at starting my running sessions, and because of that, I squeezed more out of them. I enjoyed them more. And I kept my stamina intact.

This lesson hit me one time while walking from doing upper body exercises. I thought, wouldn’t it be awesome to finish my sessions strong and not feel like I need an ambulance to take me back? That evening I did it right because I felt fresh going home.

I drew parallel examples outside of gym. As on top of the tar, being able to pace myself on stage when delivering a presentation is crucial. I need to understand that I have thirty, forty five minutes or an hour to relay the story. And that to be effective, I need to take my time and not rush through it, whether of out excitement or fear.

This applies to almost everything you do or are thinking of doing. Find your pace with which to start and take it from there. Never fall victim to keeping up with other people passing you by. When someone passes you by it is foolish to try and catch up because you don’t know for how long they’ve been at it. Keep at your own pace.

I wish that understanding on every single person who intends to change their lives for the better.

Learn and master listening to yourself. When you start steady, your body will heat up and will signal the moment you need to pick up the pace. And when you pick it up, you won’t be worn out because the body is ready for that intensity.

Be ready before you shift gears.

I suppose after it’s all said and done, you’ve got to pace yourself and avoid crashing out.