The Galileo Journalism staff recently embarked on individual challenges meant to push their boundaries and lead to improvement. Each challenge lasted between one to two weeks and was meant to evoke some self realization. Here are their stories.
The last time I exercised was during sophomore year. I would run a mile every week because I was determined to beat my previous times. However, at one point during that same year, I discovered there was a cut on my left lung, a pneumothorax. My doctor advised me to stop running so much as this was serious; he said that if I continued to run the cut would only get bigger, and eventually it would lead to surgery. Altogether, the idea of surgery scared me from running.
It has been two years since that incident, and overtime I had forgotten all about that episode of my life, so when the Journalism class came up with the idea of doing challenge stories, I had no idea what I was getting into. I chose to run one mile everyday for one week, because I had always wanted to try some sort of physical activity for a set period of time. I wanted to experience change and growth, and running for two weeks seemed like a simple way of gaining that experience.
I was unsuccessful in completing the challenge. At first, I expected this challenge to be easy, because all I had to do was run. However, after a week in the challenge, I felt it was harder to breathe for some reason. Every breath felt like I had air in my chest cavity and made a weird noise.
At that point, I remembered I had a cut on my lung and it might have reopened because of the challenge. I was panicked and stopped running. Furthermore, I realized that balancing work and running was harder than it looks. I challenged myself to run right after school, but with homework and studying it was difficult to find the time to run.
Not being able to complete the challenge, I feel as if I could have finished the challenge if it weren’t for complications in my life. If it weren’t for school and other drawbacks, I believe that I could have ran for one mile everyday, for two weeks. From this challenge, I learned to lower my expectations and that practice is the only way to get better running. I thought that running a mile everyday was not going to be hard, but after failing the challenge I now realize that it was too big of a leap after not running for two years. To put it simply, if it weren’t for this experience, I would not have learned to start off easy and gradually make things more difficult.