Faster · 23 January 2013

My body wants to run faster, but my mind keeps me from doing it. My mind thinks I am going as fast as I can. Or maybe it is the other way around.

We do not really know what we are capable of until we push ourselves to the limit. But what sets that limit? Usually, our minds tell us what we can do until our bodies show it otherwise. Positively or negatively. At least that is what most coaches would tell us. I heard it again at a coaching clinic I attended recently.

I believe this tenet not only because I am a coach but because I have seen it over again many times. The old adage is true. “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.” At least for the most part. There are some things we cannot just will to happen.

The test for me is whether I really can go any faster and any farther. I believe I can run faster than ten-minute miles and I believe I can run farther than four miles at a time at that pace. I just have not gotten my body to prove it to my mind. Or my mind to disprove it to my body. At least not yet.

I will get to a point where my body cannot go faster or farther. That is just life. But I am happy trying to push myself to do more. I am not sure whether my mind or my body is the one that wants to go faster, but I hope that one day whichever is the hindrance will get out of the way, because I want to run faster. Or at least die trying.

© 2013 Michael T. Miyoshi

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