I’ve been doing this 25x5k challenge.  And I’m running incorrectly.  People are watching me while I’m practicing … and it’s a bit uncomfortable.  Is that what I should focus on?

In this episode, I talk about

  • My 25x5k challenge
  • What I can control
  • What I should focus on

Transcript:

Good morning everyone. Welcome to this episode of the Path to 1 million. This will be episode 156.

As many of you know, I’ve been on this 25 by fiveK challenge where I’m running a five K everyday for 25 days. Couple of weeks ago I was doing some stretches down at the beach and it’s always a good idea to stretch before you run for a myriad of reasons. But I was down there doing some stretches, kind of like almost like a lunge thing where I take a step forward. And I’m bending my knee at a 90 degree angle and I’m kind of going down anyways. I noticed that when I was doing this particular stretch that I could hear little popping coming out of my knee. And that got me a little bit concerned because I’ve never heard popping come out of my knee before. Yes, I’m getting older, I realize that, but I never heard popping come out on my knee before. So I got a little bit concerned about it.

So I do what I always do. I consulted Lord Google. And I was like, why is my knee popping? Come to find out. I started watching these YouTube videos about proper running technique, which I did not know that there was a proper running technique. I thought you just get out there and you just ran. But apparently there is proper running technique. And when they showed the difference between proper running technique versus not proper, at least I wasn’t really bad. You know, they showed these people that were running and when they would run they would land on their heels. And they were like, that’s the worst thing you can possibly do. Which I do not, at least I’m smart enough to know that I guess. But anyways, they were showing this proper running technique and basically like the one guy that I was watching said, you know, if you run like a gazelle

Then you’re running properly. You know you’re running on your toes, you’re using your, you’re using the tendons that are like in the back of your leg. You’re using the muscles that are in the back of your leg. Right? So anyways, they show these exercises on how to do this. So I go down to the beach and I am, I’m practicing, right? I can’t practice inside of my home. I can’t practice running inside of my home. I can’t practice running inside of my backyard cause it’s about as big as a, as big as a quarter. So I’ve done at the beach. I am practicing doing this running. And as I’m doing this and I’m focusing on my feet and where my feet are and where my legs are and I’m, I’m trying to get this rhythm down. I see all these people that are staring at me and there’s like, you know, maybe like three or four groups of people and they’re all just watching me as I’m doing this.

And I remember thinking to myself, Holy smokes, God only knows what they’re thinking. I must look like a complete idiot out here. I must look like a complete tool. All of a sudden I got extremely self conscious of what I was doing. And my first impulse was maybe I should just run, you know, get away from these people and just, you know, run or whatever it is. But something like occurred to me, right? And as this whole issue about what you can control versus what you can’t control. And for me, I understand that with my knees, with my body, this body is going to have to last me for another 40 50 60 years. So I need to take really good care of it. And that is something that I can control in my own little world. I can control the food that I eat, I can control the exercise that I get, I can control what I’m putting into my body, I can put it, I can control what I’m putting on my body.

That’s all stuff that I can control. Because they’re really, at the end of the day, I’m the one that’s going to have to live with my body for this time. But for these other people over here and whatever their opinions might be or whatever that is, odds are probably within an hour of leaving the beach. These people will completely forgotten about me if not within 30 minutes. But these people will all forgotten about me. They’re not going to remember me. I’m definitely probably not going to see them in 10 20 30 40 50 years. Definitely not. So it boiled down to what’s gonna help me achieve my goal. Right? Cause that’s, that’s the question that I always ask myself as I’ve got certain goals mapped out for my life. I want to be healthy and I want to continue to, to run and I want to run properly. So what’s gonna help me achieve my goals?

Focusing on what I can do for myself and how I can change my exercise routine versus what these other people are doing. Because really, at the end of the day, I should only be focusing all my energy on what I can control and what I can affect the outcome of. So for these other people that are there, I mean, really at the end of the day, I have to start asking myself, Can I control what they think? No. Can I control how they’re gonna react to watching me? No. Can I control their attitude? No. And at the same point in time, can I control what I did in the past? No. Can I control, can I control mistakes that I made in the past? No. Well, if I can’t control it, then why worry about it?

Anyways, just wanted to share that with you today. Some of the thoughts that were readily and around in the back of my head. My running technique is slowly getting better. And I’m very happy about that. My legs ache a lot less when I’m done running. So the, the proper running technique is definitely helping me out. It’s just going to take me some time to rewire my brain to get used to this new running technique. But I see other people out there on the beach. It’s interesting. I’ll be out there running and I’ll see somebody and I’m like, wow, that guy’s got good running technique and somebody else. I’m like, yeah, I used to run like that. So just keep focusing on that every single day. Improving, just trying to get better, get, get better run times as I go. Like I said, I’m rewiring my brain, rewiring my legs to run. So anyways, it is getting better. Anyways, just wanted to share that with you today. I hope your Tuesday is going well. I’ll be back again tomorrow with another story on my path to 1 million. I will see you then.