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October 25, 2016

 

 

 

I’m a blessed with ADD. For those not familiar with Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), here are a few symptoms:

 

 

 

  • Be easily distracted, miss details, forget things, and frequently switch from one activity to another

  • Have difficulty maintaining focus

  • on one task

  • Become bored with a task after only a few minutes

  • Have difficulty focusing attention on organizing and completing a task or learning something new

Many creative people are “afflicted” by ADD, because our minds are always wandering. Some see it as a curse; I see it as a blessing.

 

Focus is challenging for me, which is why I find myself a bit surprised that I’ve be able to focus on achieving running goals. Goals are a good thing and to accomplish the goal, you need to focus.

 

Through the encouragement of others, I've accomplished many goals on my wellness journey. No one is more surprised by this than me. My story has been shared through the SuccessFit4Life! blog, but in short, I’m just an old formally fatter guy, who was a cripple for most of my life. Through a successful ankle fusion surgery, amazingly I am now able to run. I run very slowly, but I’m moving…and accomplishing goals.

 

My life change came from involvement with an amazing group of people who have encouraged me on this journey. If it weren’t the dynamic that we have in Team Runners Lane, I would never be doing this stuff. It’s what has birthed SuccessFit4Life!  a program that has been created to encourage people on their wellness journey…wherever they want to go.

 

SuccessFit4Life! WELLNESS PROGRAMS offer many benefits for businesses and organizations of all sizes.

 

SuccessFit4Life! EVENTS are a “mixer” type event with a fund raising component benefiting worthy causes.

 

Last year I set a goal to do a half marathon and did it. The training experience was hard and very rewarding. My commentary “You Got This” can be found here.  Even though I’m older and hurting a bit, I’ve set the goal to do it again.  After accomplishing this goal…my goal is run shorter distance and ride my bike more. That goal is to save my body.

 

Flo Mina, who leads Team Runners Lane sets up a mileage training schedule. I believe if you follow the schedule you will accomplish the goal. That’s worked for me.

 

This year, there have been time conflicts with some of the longer scheduled runs. The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Run/Walk was the same day as a 10-mile run. I made up those miles by adding on to a scheduled Saturday run. St. Jude is an amazing organization and we are doing what we can to support this worthy cause though SuccessFit4Life! EVENTS. You can learn more about our heart for St. Jude here.

 

SuccessFit4Life! was a sponsor of the Brenda Mehling Cancer Fund Run, a local event for another great cause. On the Saturday of this run, 12 miles were on the training schedule. Staying focused on my half marathon goal, I planed on doing those miles on my own Friday.

 

12 miles is the longest distance on the half marathon-training schedule. For most people that’s a LONG run. For me, it’s easier to be focused when Team Runners Lane gathers together and we get Flo’s inspirational training talk before we run.

 

Doing 12 miles on my own required focus. Mentally I was psyching myself up for this challenging distance all week. I started from Runners Lane FRIDAY morning at 7:00 AM like I would on a Saturday…the only difference was I was on my own.

 

 

The iconic Iron Horse Bridge is located at around the 3 mile mark. I had to take the classic selfie there. At mile 6, I was hurting, but at mile 8, I felt I would be OK. I took another selfie at the 9.5 mile mark, at the top of what we call Buster Hill. In that picture,

 

I had a big smile. The great thing is that from there, it’s a nice downhill. I knew I would accomplish my goal and get this 12 mile run done. 

 

 

Truly a highlight of the day was "running" into Flo Mina, who was also doing her miles solo. This happened somewhat early in the run and that encounter encouraged me the later in the run. She truly has been a motivator on my journey and seeing her out there with the same focus was a blessing.

 

If you want to accomplish a fitness goal, find like-minded people to hang out with. People in the fitness community tend to be encouragers.

 

Team Runners Lane welcomes everyone at any level to be a part of the community. We support each other in our training and when we do events, we do them as a family.

 

I’m sure there are groups like this in your community. Seek them out. Everyone is invited to join the  SuccessFit4Life! Facebook GroupPosting there is not about you; it’s about encouraging others.

 

Accomplishing goals happens with focus and commitment. This is in complete contrast to ADD tendencies. If I can do it at my “old” age, anyone can do it.

 

A business leader in my industry told me recently when I started this running “thing”, he really didn’t think I would stick with it. Now, here I am and SuccessFit4Life! is positioned to change lives. Who knew?? I’m surprised as well. I love the connections I’ve made and how my life has changed by staying focused.

 

Focus on the goal. The goal YOU choose for yourself. You can do it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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