Week 6: Enrich The Soil

It’s always difficult to get back into the swing of things after a bit of a break from the norm, but by the time Monday came around this week, I was excited to get up and get at it.

That’s how I feel every morning these days, envigorated and energized, and ready to go after my day. I did mention a couple of weeks ago that my mornings are amazing, so let’s dive into it a bit deeper.

The sheer importance of the morning routine, and how enjoyable it can be, has been one of the most telling realizations on this journey thus far.

I wrote about this very topic this time last year, and if you can spare an extra 2 minutes, you can read that post here, but I’ve come to understand that it has so much more significance.

The way in which my mornings play out- with a sort of loosely structured, but efficient routine- ensures that I can’t possibly have a bad day

Now I know that sounds ridiculous, and it probably is a bit far fetched, but hear me out.

Of course, some days are more challenging than others, and on occasion certain things do happen that are out of our control, and that can alter the course of our day.

That being said, it is possible for every day to be great!

I opened up a favourite book of mine on Friday morning- at a random page- and I was immediately drawn to one paragraph in particular.

Let it happen, if it wants, to whatever it can happen to. And what’s affected can complain about it if it wants. It doesn’t hurt me unless I interpret its happening as harmful to me. I can choose not to.

– Marcus Aurelius

Through our powers of perception, we have the ability to choose to decide whether something is good or bad, beautiful or ugly, impossible or challenging, or what not.

This is the sort of clarity of vision that I have been experiencing over the past number of weeks; I am now armed with a more positive outlook, and a more constructive thought pattern.

And what is it that enriches the soil in which the flower of our thoughts blossom? Nutrition.

Monday is my favourite day of the week.

– Fionnj

Nutrition is paramount.

Upon reaching the halfway point, I think it’s as good a time as any to show appreciation for the journey thus far.

In all aspects of life- not just training and nutrition- any amount of progression should be celebrated from time to time.

From rising with more enthusiasm and purpose in the AM, to acquiring a more astute awareness of what I am putting in my body- a body more in tune with my mind- simply put, it has been an incredible 6 weeks.

Rather than focus too much on the destination, appreciation for the journey is something that I always try and be mindful of.

The one thing I will have my eye on at ‘the finish line’ however,  is still sitting in the fridge untouched.

Until then, bring on week 7.

On March 20th I will be running the Seoul Marathon in aid of Aware. If you would like to make a donation, please feel free to jump over to my JustGiving page. It’s for a great cause! Thank you so much for the support..!

Fionn McSwiney is a PhD researcher and lecturer at Waterford IT; a specialist in the field of Exercise Science and Nutrition. You can follow him on Facebook and Instagram– seek out the experts.