I can be pretty intense. Once I lock onto a goal or a target, I don’t let go. But sometimes letting go is the best course of action.
One of the items on my 40 Before 40 list is running a 5K race, and I’ll soon be adding a half marathon (I’m crazy). I can do a run/walk 5K in about 40 minutes right now, which for me is a big deal since running ranks right up there with going to the dentist or having my fingernails removed.
After a recent run I felt tired, sore and a bit out of breath, but normal and otherwise okay. Then my knees exploded for the next six days. Not a good deal when so many of the things on my list are fitness related (an area I’ve ignored far too long).
I talked to my friend Dr. Steve Berkey of 90Revolutions.com via Skype and confirmed my suspicions…I likely need better shoes. Six days of pain was enough to convince me to get fitted at the Run-in-Tri store (great folks, but warning: auto-play video on the homepage…yuck) in Mobile, AL and shell out the cash for real running shoes.
If I continued without making a change, my goals would be in jeopardy. No 5K, no half marathon…maybe even no charity bike rides. I simply have too many commitments not to make a change.
So even though I don’t like to slow down, sometimes slowing down is the only way to go faster.
Do you struggle to balance tenacity and strategic pauses?