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Pacing Myself

I’ve decided to accept a challenge from my lovely, brilliant wife. She’s been recommending that I blog about pacing myself. You see, I have a problem with charging blindly through things. It’s not as if I am not enjoying them, I am. I really, really am. I suppose I should back up a little and give examples of what I rush through.

Eating, drinking, shopping, driving, walking, running, playing games. Well, I am hoping that you get the picture.

So, my brilliant one suggests this challenge; try to learn to pace myself and I should document it here on this blog. I don’t really have anything else going on here. I’ve had a few good entries, but seriously, there’s nothing much here to hold the attention of many people. I resisted for a long time. I’m still not even completely sure I’m on board. I move fast. I don’t know why. I used to move slowly and methodic, well, let’s not be silly, I have never done much methodically, but I remember my older brother and a friend of his talking about how I use to walk so slowly and coolly. I guess you could say cocky. Yes, I used to be a seriously cocky kid. I’m not sure what gave me the attitude, but I had it. I don’t know when I lost that attitude either. I don’t know if there was some traumatic event that I have buried deep in me psyche or it was puberty, or what, but one day I was slow moving Joe Cool and the next day I was in Full Time Fast Forward (FTFF).

As I said, I don’t know what prompted this change, but it happened, and I just accepted it. Here’s an example of my FTFF. Eating Oreos. I am not a pull them apart, lick the icing, eat the cookies kind of guy. I go for the whole cookie in one bite. CHOMP. Gone and gone. Good and good. Right? Right. So, why would I want to pace myself with this?

I think I got my first taste of pacing and how it could be beneficial this summer. I was “training” to run the Peachtree Road Race. Training means going out and trying to run so I wouldn’t die while doing the actual event. Every time before this summer that I have tried to go running I have tried to run like I did when I was a junior in college and could go for several miles at a good pace. Needless to say I never made it far, and I always felt like my heart would bust out of my chest from beating so hard. So for some reason this summer I decide to slow down a little and just, you know, jog. Well low and behold, I was able to run for 20 straight minutes without stopping, and when I did stop I didn’t feel Death was tapping me on the shoulder asking me to dance. I ran several times during that outing and when I got home I was amazed. AMAZED I tell you. So I begin to think that maybe there was something to this pacing thing afterall. I’m not sure why I doubted the idea. My life would generally be easier if I just went along with her ideas.

So, here’s my plan; I’m going to try some experiments over the course of the school year on pacing, and I will post those experiments and the results here. I am going to try once a week, every other week at most. I think I can make it entertaining enough for you, but if not just think, you won’t have wasted any money, just time.

First up – Eating.


About YerLifeguard

I am a husband, father, and teacher. I am trying to find my way to inspiration and focus for the creativity that is definitely in me, but uncertain as to how to get out. This blog combines all of these things. I hope you find something you enjoy

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