Learning From Adversity
'Where one person sees a crisis, another can see opportunity'
"The things which hurt, instruct" - Benjamin Franklin
'What stands in the way becomes the way'
'Nothing makes us feel a certain way, we choose to give in to such feelings, or choose not to.'
'Ignore what disturbs or limits others'
These are tough times for many in terms of health, finance and emotionally as well. It's times like this to practice selflessness and reach out to others whether it be a phone call or a letter. Many elderly are currently being quarantined and we are unable to see them so it's important to stay in contact, and call often. Others are struggling in different ways, so think beyond yourself and reach out. Just being there to listen and talk to can be extremely helpful in times like these.
Some Thoughts on Growth-
- The extra material stuff is just stuff. When we get caught up in material items like video games, phones, cars or other items, life slaps us in the face and reminds us of what really matters. Life is about the relationships we build.
- Can we commit without a coach watching? I've said from the start, if our team wants to be our best it has to come from each of you. Holding yourself accountable to loving the journey, and holding each other accountable to high standards and expectations. Here's time for you to take charge and really love the process.
- This gives us a reminder that our journey isn't linear. When we have a great finish to a season or a great race, don't forget the struggles necessary to bring you to that elevated performance. In the midst of struggle, recognize it and know that with it will come growth.
- Running is important because of the connection it brings and the lifestyle it promotes. We strive to be great and do the work necessary, but understand that our efforts toward being our collective best are what matter. The togetherness and family of the sport along with the health benefits are not to be taken for granted or forgotten. When moments are tough, look around at the teammates that are there for you.
- Family and friends are everything. This situation is a reminder to reach out and think of others. Can you help someone close to you or in your community? A simple phone call and listening can open that opportunity.
- Avoid social media and the news as often as possible. While social media is great for connecting and can be used wisely to learn, in times like this there is a lot of junk and uneducated posts that will only create anxiety. Stay away for a while and instead go outdoors or pick up a good book.
What does this time give us?
- Time to be creative! I know guys who were creating a comic book, set time each day to work on that. Write or diary daily, become a better person. Read a book. I can suggest many, one of my favorites for high school runners is 'The Animal Keepers'. Play an instrument, learn something new from YouTube, help out around the house. This is a time to do those things that linger in the back of your mind and build a lasting commitment to them when life resumes as normal.
- Build accountability. When we can appreciate the excitement of daily training on our own merit, we will have an unstoppable team. We are definitely building toward that, and now is a great time to exercise your love for running and each other.
- Time outdoors. Trees, nature and fresh air are all known to promote a healthy mind and body. I plan to take time to go hiking as there are plenty of amazing trails and Ice Age Trail segments nearby within 30-40 minute drive! A run or hike on a new trail can greatly boost your mood and energy. For any recommendations on trails, feel free to ask but a few of my nearby favorites are,
- Lapham Peak (run or hike) - My favorite place in Wisconsin.
- Scuppernong (run or hike)
- Scuppernong Ice Age Trail segment (hiking)
- Bugline Trail (Run)
- Northern and Southern Kettle Moraine units are amazing for a hike or run, with many trails and park options. Northern Kettle Moraine is a bit longer drive but offers awesome hikes.
- Milwaukee lakefront - hop on the island by Summerfest and run along the lake shore
Feel free to share how you will spend time or what you are learning from this experience!
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