I believe all sports require discipline, but running especially.
Remember back when you were a new runner? Those first few (or, in my case, several) runs were not easy. My lungs burned and my legs did not want to move. And, what was that sharp, twisting pain in my side?
I wanted to be a runner, though, so I kept at it. Eventually, my legs didn't require as much warming up, and my lungs felt fine. And, best of all, those side stitches became a thing of the past.
How did all of that happen? In a word - discipline.
Fast forward to the here and now, and discipline is still the force behind almost every aspect of my running. For example:
Discipline keeps me accountable. If I have a race coming up, I know I have to stay in shape for it or get back in shape if I've had some down time. That means running not just my usual 3-4 runs each week, but running each of those runs with purpose.
|One of my 5-milers at 5 a.m.|
What about cross-training? We're all runners, but we also need to do other things. Our running parts need down time, and our "non-running" parts benefit from movement. Yep, discipline keeps me doing other things on my non-running days...yoga, walking, strength-training, stair-climbing.
|I'm not in love with bike riding (yet), but I'm getting there...|
|Rest and recovery for the win!|
|I did a fair amount of muscle maintenance while recovering from surgery|
**I'm linking this with Debbie and Rachel and Lora for the Running Coaches' Corner.
**And with Deb for the Wednesday Word (the featured word is Discipline!)