One Athlete's Mind
Well, it's happening. Summer is winding down, and classes will be starting up in a couple weeks. I am SUPER excited to be starting off my third year at Nipissing U, I'll be taking an exercise physiology course this Fall that I've been looking forward to since Day 1 Year 1, so I can't wait! I've heard it'll likely be the the hardest course I've ever taken, but hey, it's not work when it's fun, right?
With the coming of Fall comes the arrival of cross country running season, and this is what I'm REALLY pumped for! 2 months jam packed with racing against the best runners in the province, and because Ontario is the BOMB, they also end up being some of the fastest in the country! So I'm looking forward to setting some new PB's and getting good and humbled along the way haha.
I may have touched on this in my post from last week, but with what I was dealing with this summer with my change of direction and lack of moitvation to get out and do my usual 2-4 hour runs/rollerski workouts everyday, I've been a little worried I wouldn't have the fitness I'd need in order to achieve my goals for the season. But yet again, BEACHBODY for the win!! I had my first legit hardcore interval session in over 6 weeks this morning (ski striding, 3x3min on, 3min off hill repeats at the local downhill ski hill, then repeat!), and really wasn't sure what was in store for me. All I've been doing the past few weeks are my daily, 30 minute workouts, and not only did I feel way better than I expected, I was even moving faster than I ever have before! So bring it running season, let's do this!!
Okay I'm getting too fired up, I should move on. But it's hard though! When I'm working out and living healthy and feeling this awesome, all I want to do is get more people on the positivity train (I'm coining this term, let's make it a thing) and share it with people! It's so easy to fall off this great feeling, and it doesn't even take a significantly negative event for it to happen. Let's take this week for example, I was feeling awesome last Monday, super motivated to workout, eat well, and help other people do the same as best I could, things were going great! But then on Wednesday, all of the sudden I was super down, no motivation to do anything overly productive, and I think all it took was missing a meal. But that led me to make some not so healthy food choices (admittedly a few of them), and I felt TERRIBLE afterwards, almost sick. And it wasn't until my workout the next day that I started feeling a little better again. So I just kept that up until this morning, then had a KILLER workout and I've been back on the train ever since! This is even the second time I'm writing this post because the internet crapped out and I lost it lol, but I'm still fired up about it!!
THOUGHT OF THE WEEK:
Doing little things for yourself and your own enjoyment is fun, and definitely necessary sometimes, but there is no better feeling for me than helping someone out who needs it. But the worst part is, most people don't like asking others for help! I've always been this way, and my reason for it was because I didn't want to impose on anybody or make them do anything they didn't want to do. But it wasn't until VERY recently that I realized that asking someone for help isn't always an imposition, and to a lot of people it can make their day! Whether it's the amazing feeling someone like me gets when I help others live healthier lives, or just the opportunity to share their knowledge, people WANT to be involved in other people's lives, so don't be afraid to take advantage of that!
This brings me back to a quote that I like to read every once in a while, so I thought I'd finish this post by sharing it with you guys. So until next time, think like a proton and stay positive!
Marianne Williamson quote:
"...Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do... It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconciously give others permission to do the same. As we are all liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
What do I take from this? The next time I feel stuck and don't know what to do, I am going to ask someone for help. This will be the first step towards allowing my own light to continue to shine, and it will give someone else the opportunity to allow theirs to shine as well.
Jordan Cascagnette, Student-Athlete, Ski Coach