When I was a runner in the making, I could manage a couple of kilometres before my calf muscles gave-up.
My legs went through a structural stress because of the weight of my body and the shocks from the road. This stress was painful. Some suggested to dip my legs in cold water, few others claimed it will go on its own.
Every time I went through pain, I was apprehensive to return next day for my run.
Should I even run? if this is what it takes?
But then I pushed myself and faced the reality. Underwent stress and pain and took the much needed time to recover. This became a loop. Over the period of time, my legs muscles became strong.
Now the early memories of pain are faint. Have I became a good runner? to an extent yes. Once I fixed my legs, it was time to fix my core muscles and heart muscle for endurance. The 2km limit has definitely expanded to 10km and sometimes 12km.
If you feel you aren’t growing personally or professionally, there are three key elements we need to manage.
- The resistance or worry before you go through stress. Call it indecisiveness
- The stress itself which comes after the desired action
- and then the much needed recovery which follows action
If you compromise on any one of these elements, you might suffer in the long run.
The resistance is usually the analysis/paralysis mode, should I go or should I not go.
The stress is where you take action, you might go to that much awaited trip to the mountains. Take a new job or shift to a new home. Action will lead to some stress. Every new action in new situation or event will develop high stress.
Without action you will be trapped in the infinite loop of being indecisive or apprehensive about a possibility.
This loop leads to an organic restructuring in our brains, our muscles.
After action, you recover the way I used to dip my feet in cold water. You can only take so much stress and then take a pause to heal. If you don’t relax, the stress harms you.
Once you take enough rest, you are ready for the three steps again. Because if you get trapped in the loop of infinite rest, you might not make any progress in the desired direction.