Being a good listener is a quality that helps in so many areas of life. In business it is very important and frequently overlooked. In relationships it is helpful in successful communication. As an athlete it requires something more than ears – listening to one’s body is very different than listening to someone speak. Successfully listening to my body will help me heed warnings of potential injuries, sickness, or need for rest. This morning my resting heart rate told me I needed more rest. Since the marathon I only took one day off completely and that was the day I traveled home. That day was filled with quite a bit of stress, so I can not say I was well rested. My workouts this week have been rather intense so I was not surprised when I saw my resting heart rate in the low 60’s when it should be closer to 50. I hit the snooze button and rolled over. And it felt good.
Instead of swimming this morning I got the extra sleep I needed. The sleep along with remembering what I wrote about yesterday on Attitude got me through today. Because it was a stressful day for me outside of my training. But I got through the day and I will get through the little storm I am facing. I felt rested enough to head to the pool late this afternoon and I swam 2,000 meters. Not too hard, but a good endurance swim. I worked on my 200 meter repeats to improve my lasting endurance. After my swim yesterday morning with my friends, I noticed my endurance and pace was waning a bit after I was about two thirds through the workout. It also could have been an early sign of my need for rest. One thing I know for sure, after the stressful day I had today, swimming laps was a great way to unwind. Not being able to hear anything but the sound of the water moving and my breath is a good thing to listen to sometimes.
Listening is important. Acting on what you hear makes a good listener. My body told me I needed rest and I have learned to yield to the call. There were several mornings this year when I sucked it up and worked out anyway. How I felt the rest of the day has taught me to act on what I hear my body telling me. Writing about attitude and looking at the bright side is one thing. Putting it in practice is another. I mentioned yesterday that this blog has contributed a great deal to my improved attitude. Sharing my experiences, successes, and frustrations helps me be more real to the reader. It is also a bit cathartic for me, bringing a feeling of purification. As well as a reminder to live it – how is the saying? Walk the walk, talk the talk. Yes, yesterday’s post called me into accountability today. I have said before, not everyday is a good day – like yesterday. But everyday has something good. Sometimes it takes a good listener to find.