Movement Equals Achievement

Posted: April 3, 2011 in Uncategorized

Achievement never rests…it will be waiting for you when you awake!  I am drawn to motivated people who are in constant motion and who place a high value on health, wellness, fitness and serving others. 

Our society has become so soft and undisciplined.  We’re killing ourselves with comfort and conveniences that don’t require us to move.  Traveling the country has provided an interesting perspective on how unhealthy we’ve become.  It’s unsettling that the standard of being surprised when I see a healthy person has become far too common. 

There’s a seismic divide between the healthy and unhealthy…similar to the middle-class swiftly evaporating.  On one hand you have the Boston Athletic Association being forced to tighten the qualifying standards because the marathon’s popularity has reached epic proportions and at the other end of the spectrum there are vast amounts of people racing towards obesity at record rates.  The most settling aspect of this is the recent research indicating that more than 30% of children are obese.  The long-term ramifications of this, coupled with the removal of physical education classes being elimanted and the lack of education on leading a healthier lifestyle, should concern everyone!

My hope is the Marathon Coalition runners will continue to be as disciplined as they have the past 5 months once the marathon concludes.  I know that I will be focusing on improving my diet and restructuring my fitness routine to achieve greater balance in the mind, body, spirit model.  I will also evaluate the feedback that I receive from each charity that I coach to identify areas where I can improve.

I have plenty of room for improvement in my life.   I’m motivated to lose a few pounds by being more consistent with my fitness, eating healthier and establishing several new fitness goals.  I certainly want to learn more about yoga so that I can have better overall health.  I definitely need to improve my flexibility and I would like to spend more time running on trails and enjoying nature.

I still have another attempt of running 24 hours on the track on my radar.  My goal is to run at least 100 miles.  I also plan to improve my swimming in an effort to complete an Ironman.  I’ve done plenty of ultramarathons but I plan to do plenty more.  The marathon continues to intrigue me so I hope to have a consistent summer of training and run Hartford in October.

Movement has been an integral part of my life…that’s not going to change.  Movement has been my constant and loyal companion..it’s been the foundation of incredible achievement!

Comments
  1. Cheryl Reed says:

    Rick,

    I LOVE this post! I am actully going to email some friends to read it, because I think it says so much about examining our lifestyle. Movement is the exact word that sums it up! I NEED to be moving but am surprised by how much others don’t. Since my body seems to be limiting my distance running, I am already making plans for my next challenge after the marathon. I have signed up for a military obstacle course race with a team of friends. It includes many obstacles that scare me, so I figure I better do it! I am also going to return to rock climbing after letting that go many years ago. It is an amazing sport for keeping your mind and body challenged. As much as I love running, in the end it really is challenge and movement that is the key to staying in shape and feeling alive!

    • Hello Cheryl,

      I know that you’re going through a transition with your running. But I also sense that you’ll find other activites that will allow you to stay fit and challenge yourself on a different level. Rediscovering rock climbing will be exciting and the military obstacle course race sounds equally fun.

      As much as training for Boston has been a challenge, I’m confident it will be an experience that you draw inspiration from for the balance of your life.

      Your Coach,

      Rick

  2. Kate Z says:

    Rick, at some point I would love to hear more about your ultramarathon experiences! I’ve always been intrigued, and I’m contemplating trying for even longer distances after April 18, but your insight would be invaluable.

    Cheers to movement! I think you’ll really love yoga, too 🙂

  3. Hello Kate,

    I would love to discuss ultramarathoning with you more. It’s an entirely new and wonderful frontier. I think you would absolutely love it.

    I’ll look forward to our discusssion. BTW, I’ve loved having you on the Marathon Coalition TEAM this year!

    Rick

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