elisariva

Seizing life's joys and challenges physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Training the Forrest Gump Way

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My friend has given me swim workouts and is somewhat of a coach to me, or drill sergeant if you will. Yesterday he told me to pace myself on my swim intervals with the last being the fastest. This morning I swam 2,500 meters and chose a workout that finished with a fast 200 and a fast 100. My times were much better and I felt strong. This reminded me of a quote from Forrest Gump. Forrest had just enlisted and was being questioned by his drill sergeant. Drill Sergeant: “Gump! What is your sole purpose in this army?” Forrest Gump: “To do what ever you tell me, Drill Sergeant!” If only I would just do what my drill sergeant tells me, I will do well. And that is what I did today and he was right.

This afternoon I did another thing Forrest Gump was told to do: “Run, Forrest! Run!” My speed workout was this afternoon, 9×400. It went great and I paced myself. I was able to run my last 400 my fastest. I did what I was told to do.  This may not apply in all aspects of life, we want to question many things. But if you are able to find a good coach who is willing to help, in training it pays off to listen.

Author: elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

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