Discipline: activity, exercise, or a regimen that develops or improves a skill; training. This is one definition of “discipline” according to dictionary.com.
This year as my marathon training season has begun I have thought more about discipline and how I could benefit from being a more disciplined runner. With this in mind, I have been contemplating on how I want to change up my training and really improve on my time this year. I want to be more disciplined with my workouts and really take care of my body as I train for the 26.2 miles I will run in November. I don’t necessarily want to train harder; I want to train smarter. I am reading about and doing things to improve my core strength, get faster, and being more flexible. That should be simple enough, correct?
Of course it sounds simple but will require a lot of discipline. This is something I don’t generally have a problem with. I live a fairly disciplined life. I do my best to eat as healthy as possible. I go to bed early and get up early in the morning. I do my best to not miss a training session because I know that once I miss one, it will easier to miss other sessions.
I have a busy traveling schedule this summer and it will be hard to get my training in each week but this is where I will rely on the discipline I have when I am not traveling to kick in.
Being disciplined is hard and painful at times. I will most likely lose some sleep in having to be more disciplined with my training this year. That is okay. I was reminded of this fact when I read the scripture:
“For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11
Losing sleep is not my favorite thing in the world. I love being able to get a nap in on the weekends and I do my very best to get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night. So the painful part of my being disciplined in training this year will be the loss of sleep. 🙂
While I do my best to stay disciplined in my training, I know that this verse is something I will keep at the forefront of my mind. I want to produce a better version of the runner I want to become. The discipline I have developed in my training for half marathons and marathons has spilled into other parts of my life. I see the value in being a disciplined person. I have taken this discipline and applied it to my writing. (I decided to write instead of taking a nap today!) I know that I need to give up a few things so that I am able to do what I love to do.
What thing (or things) are you most disciplined in? Do you have a favorite quote or verse that you use to help keep you motivated?