Jeremy Statton

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More Than You Can Handle

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Like the baby bear in The Story of the Three Bears, most are looking for just right. Not too hot. Not too cold. Not too hard. Not too soft.

You want to find a place in life in which everything is comfortable.

But how do you ever learning something new? How will you grow?

Runners train their bodies to run faster and farther. When they start, they aren’t able to do either. The goal of training is to increase stamina and to increase strength. The only way training will work is if the runner tries to do more than they can handle.

The only way they grow stronger is to ask more of their legs than they ever have before. They only way they become faster is to ask more of their lungs and heart than the day before.

Through the slow, painful process of training, runner farther and faster is a choice.

photo by Alessandro Pautasso (creative commons license)

photo by Alessandro Pautasso (creative commons license)

Growing and learning are choices too.

You choose to grow and learn by choosing to take on more than you can handle. To try something you don’t know how to do. To try something bigger than you have ever done before.

Maybe even by trying the impossible.

How do you know how hard you should push yourself? How far past your comfort zones should you go? That’s a choice too.

Some run five minutes miles. Some run ten minute miles. The question isn’t how fast you are running but how fast you are running compared to yesterday.  Or last week. Or last year.

Of course, there can be a down side. You can take on too much. You don’t grow when you run too fast. Instead you injure yourself. And then it becomes even harder to train.

But staying comfortable, not taking on more than you are capable of, is a choice of its own. A choice to remain the same.

About Jeremy Statton

Jeremy is a writer and an orthopedic surgeon. When not ridding the world of pain, he helps you live a better story. Follow him on Twitter or Facebook or Google +.

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  • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

    There are some good points here, Jeremy. I obviously want my running (literally and figuratively) to keep improving, but I’m also learning that age takes its toll on my ability to consistently improve performance over time (at least in the real world of running). When this happens, it sometimes requires additional measures to maintain the same level of fitness. For example, I have had to add additional stretches and other exercises to prevent injury.

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