Recently I was knocked for six by a stomach bug that led to Gastritis and put me out of action for about 10 days. I had a pretty transformational experience during this time.
I prayed and felt clearly that healing wasn’t going to be instantaneous this time, but rather a process. So, I set about trying to not waste a good trial and seeing what I could learn. I mulled on my body being a ‘temple’ (and how i hadn’t really been treating it that way for the last..erm…36 years!!!) and what I was going to do with the silver-lining that was losing almost a stone in those 10 days!
A concern was whether I’d be ok to run the Great North Run (in honour of my dad) after I’d been training for 6 months. I read a couple of books on running (‘Born to Run‘ and ‘Eat and Run‘ and absorbed what I could about technique and food intake. Four things that really struck me while I considered what I was learning:
- Learning technique is so important. Natural talent and/or just dogged determination get you so far but ultimately you need to be rounded if you want to improve. One must be teachable and learn.
- Just how awful fizzy drinks and processed foods are – quick burst of fake energy then leave you feeling worse. I had to cut them out anyway due to my stomach but even as I’m getting better I have no interest in them now.
- The ‘super foods’ you can get that just enhance you and help recovery: Berrys, Chia seeds and the like – I’ve just been augmenting my meals with them and really seeing results in recovery times
- How your head really does control the body. If your brain says “I’m a 13mile kinda guy” you will be! If it says “I’m a 20mile kinda guy” you will be!
Anyway, I put it all to the test once I was feeling better. In the last week since getting up from the sick bed I’ve got on with running again. I’ve averaged a 10k per day and this morning I got up at 5.15am and did the full half marathon 20 minutes faster than I managed 2 months ago! Just amazing! I can’t quite believe the almost instantaneous nature of the turnaround.
So, anyway, I just thought I’d share as the learning is applicable in all areas of life – it’s never too late to think and be different, to reframe what’s happening and turn a negative into a positive.