Sun 8 Jun 2014
Ah yes…the theory of gravity from Sir Isaac Newton. If it weren’t for gravity, running up those God forsaken hills would be so much easier.
I love to run on the trails. There’s something about being in natural surroundings that’s revitalizing for the soul. It’s a great way to de-stress and re-connect to what’s really important in life—feeling alive and free. I’m lucky to live in Southern California with the opportunity to run several great trails within easy driving distance. One of my favorite trails to run is Bommer Canyon in Irvine. It’s only a 10 minute drive from my home. Once I get there, I’m transformed from the city to a spacious, open-space preserve.
Now, back to gravity. I’ve never really enjoyed running hills. I know they make you strong, but I started running in Kansas, not in the Flint Hills mind you, in the Wichita area. There are no hills to speak of. So my first 10 years of running didn’t include hills. Then I moved to sunny Southern California. I must admit, I loved not having to deal with constant weather change and wind chill during my runs. But what I wasn’t prepared for were the hills. Well to me, they seemed more like mountains.
Here I am at the start of my trail run. I look happy.
The trail starts with a slight elevation. Beautiful, isn’t it?
Then the elevation gets less slight. It’s still beautiful.
The trail is still going up. Who can see the scenery now?
I can see the top.
There’s the top…finally.
The really nice thing about going up for 3 miles, is that I get to turn around and go back down. Another nice thing I noticed—I did get stronger on the hills. Isn’t it funny? When you force yourself to move out of your comfort zone and push ahead, the task becomes easier over time. It feels good to not be intimidated anymore. That’s how to stay young in life. Keep trying something new. Keep pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. Before long, you’ll be soaring up the hills and enjoying the ride back down.
Let’s break barriers together!
Book Update—I’m close! I’m about to turn the book over to my editor. Meanwhile I’ve produced my first audio CD HOW TO NEVER BE UNEMPLOYED—Featuring The Ten Keys To Writing A Resume That Get’s Interviews and I’m in the process of producing my second audio CD THE NINE KEYS TO EFFECTIVE INTERVIEWING—Learn The Most Important Secret To Finding A Job. They will both be available soon on my almost live website www.doloreslara.com.