A week into preseason training, and I'm still alive... for now. Why does it seem like we need to be in shape, in order to make it through preseason training. In other words, I feel like I should have gotten in shape before I even started the process of "getting in shape". Oh well, I've just come to the conclusion that preseason is going to suck, it's inevitable.
Anyways, week one is done, and we are well into week 2, and it feels like I will be tapping into retirement fairly soon from the way my body feels. Non-stop soreness just riddles my body constantly. I wake up with soreness in my butt, go on to practice with soreness in my back, move through the day with soreness in my quads, and finish the day with just soreness in my brain. Welcome to the world of track and field, or Jeremy's world of track and field. Why do track athletes put ourselves through this pain??
As a track athlete, we definitely become very in tuned with our body. We are engineers of the body, knowing a great deal of body control, something I found to be very difficult for many from my time as a fashion model. In the world of modeling, it is all about poses, controlling the body in a particular way to convey a specific image. Lines, angles, etc, are all essential in being a great model, and in track, that is all we do, from using particular angles when striking the ground, to posture to control speed. So, I guess I could go on and say, track and field is a great discipline that correlates to the real world.
We have several rules, or commands we want to be aware of in order to produce the maximal effort when running or jumping. Just to give a few examples, we are taught to STAY TALL. Posture is everything, it allows the body to be in a great position to use great amount of force, efficiently. We are often given the phrase, "run as if a string is pulling you to the clouds." In life, those who are slouching are seen to have poor confidence, low self-esteem, etc. However, one who stands tall, with their chest out, is better equipped mentally to conquer the world!
As a track athlete, we are taught to move everything in the direction you want to go. We do not run backwards, so we make sure every movement we do is focused on moving forward efficiently. In life, we never want to look back, or we end up tripping over ourselves when moving through our days. Look forward for what you want to do, and make sure everything you do helps get you to that finish faster and easier. Time is all we have, so try not to waste it.
Lastly, we are taught to simply, BREATHE. We will pass out if we don't take the time to relax and breathe. We run faster when the muscles are relaxed, as compared to being tense. Just relax and breathe, and enjoy this life you have been given, because I believe that is what why we have been given life. Take time to breathe and simply be grateful for everything you have, or even do not have (Ebola..) and know that Life is Good!