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the road strategy

The Road Strategy

Treadmill or road?

It's a question worth asking yourself. If you choose to do your running on a treadmill, the temptation of giving up is always there. When you get on, you might be determined to run 3 miles. Then you reach the 2 mile mark. You're getting shin splints and you just don't feel great. Instead of running as far as you had planned, you tap the red stop button and hop off the treadmill. It was easier to quit than it was to keep going, so that's exactly what you did.

The road is less forgiving. You told yourself you were going to run 3 miles, but at mile 2 those nagging shin splints start to grip your legs. You're winded and you would rather be back at your apartment watching tv. This time, you're a mile away from home. There is no red quit button that you can tap. No matter how awful you feel, you have to finish your run and reach the goal you initially set for yourself. There's no other option.

I'd like to think that I've chosen to live my life on the road. My recent move to San Francisco was a step in that direction. The move threw me into the fire at a new job, thrust me into a living situation with strangers, and yanked me away from the people I know best. I've intentionally left my comfort zone to grow, both professionally and personally. It hasn't been easy thus far and I would have hit the stop button at some point if it was an option. But it's not.

I've surprised myself at how far I've been able to run, and I have no plans on slowing down.

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