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Respect Your Individual Place

April 28, 2016

On our blog today, Coach Flo of Endurance House gives some super thoughtful, encouraging truths about navigating through individual preferences and gifts within a group.  Its a feel-good read that will leave you not only inspired but with tangible steps you can take towards building a solid foundation for your best life!

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“To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift.”
-Steve Prefontaine

Have you ever wanted to run with a friend, but you just couldn’t keep up and it was making your experience miserable? Have you ever wanted to run with a friend, but you didn’t feel that you were getting enough of a challenge because you let them set the pace? These are two sides of the same coin…and you are not alone! This happens at all paces & distances – in the front of the pack, in the middle of the pack, and the back of the pack. This is part of the gig, being a walker and runner. Running and walking are very much individual sports and navigating the group vs the individual can be a new experience.

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This is why the Foundations Beginning Run/Walk Training Group at Endurance House Middleton is such a great experience. Foundations is all about building “a solid foundation for one’s best life,” but also together as a group. We know that as we navigate our relationship with others, we must also navigate our relationship with ourselves. The goal of Foundations is to enjoy walking & running outside – injury-free and in an ever-growing community of racers. To enjoy walking and running means we need to respect ourselves – in terms of motivation, pace, and thresholds. Enjoying walking and running also means to be able to effectively expand our personal comfort zone & pace without getting overwhelmed, yet while still sharing the experience with others. It’s definitely a balance that the coach and ambassadors help participants, called “Fellow Founders,” achieve through interactive workshops, dynamic and static stretches, core-strengthening work, and Saturday morning brunches!

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The fun part of this crazy running & walking lifestyle that we are embarking on is that if we stick it out…we will play both roles. Sometimes we will be the one who struggles to keep up. Sometimes we will be the one who isn’t challenged. This could change with the same training buddies or with different ones, depending on our nutrition, your sleep, the distance, the terrain, our stress level…depending on a myriad of different factors.

One question that pops up frequently is: “What can you do when you feel this tension of feeling loyal to a training buddy, but also feeling loyal to yourself?” One way is to be gentle, compassionate & honest – with yourself and with your training buddy. The compassion muscle is a muscle that can also be trained. There is no need to feel awkward or selfish for respecting your own pace. There is also no need to feel shame in expressing your truth – no matter if that truth is a “slower” or “faster” truth compared to person running next to you. We just need to communicate what is the “next best thing” for us during the practice – whether that’s a recovery walk break or picking up the pace to meet our goals. Doing the “next best thing” for yourself is also doing the “next best thing” for the others around you – because we are all in this together and we are all equal components of the same equation!

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Two memberships – one for you and for a friend – are being raffled as prizes at Greenway Station’s Spring Savings Soiree on Saturday, April 30. Our fall program starts Saturday, August 6, 2016 and works towards the Haunted Hustle 5k, 10k, or half-marathon. More details can be found at www.endurancehousemiddleton.com/foundations. We look forward to possibly being a part of your running experience and helping you build “a solid foundation for YOUR best life!”

– Coach Flo 🙂

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