Why You Should Keep “Running” After An Event by Joanne Scott
Competitor magazine, a Running and jogging fitness magazine released an article in October of 2013 titled “Time Off After a Marathon, Or Keep On Running?” In it describes whether one should take time off after a strenuous event, take it easier, or continue running. “Many elite runners follow the rule of taking roughly a day off for every mile in the race,” which may equate to almost a month off from running. I cannot imagine taking that time off let alone running those distances. At the same time, however, the same article also goes on to say, “following that method will mean you lose a lot of your hard-earned fitness and, in some ways, have to go back to square one.”
How many times have you thought you should take a break after an event? We’ve all felt it: you set a goal to perform at Showstoppers, dance at a Showcase, or compete at Dance-O-Rama, did just that, and then the day after the event, all you want to do is take a break from dancing for a while. Oftentimes this period right after a big event is filled with feelings of relief, exhaustion, and accomplishment. However, this time can also be detrimental to our learning. It all starts with taking a break from dancing that we tell ourselves is to recover from the event, but soon life gets in the way and we allow ourselves to skip a few lessons, then a few lessons turn into a few weeks, and before we know it we haven’t danced in so long that the benefits and progress we got from participating in the event in the first place are gone. This leads to discouragement and eventually we just give up.We end up reverting “back to square one.”
We didn’t start learning to dance just to give up! The marathon was not the “be all, end all!”
The reason why this happens is because we’ve lost sight of our original goal: to learn to dance! In goal setting we need to set our goals in levels in order to achieve our ultimate, or primary, goal. First think of what you want most and that is your primary goal. Then you set secondary and tertiary (and so on) goals to achieve that primary goal. Breaking it up into smaller chunks makes it seem less daunting of a task to accomplish. An example of this pyramid method of setting goals could be:
Overall Goal: **Become a Good Dancer**
- Participate in a Dance Competition
- Perform at Showstoppers
- Participate at Showcase
- Take Coaching Lessons
- Prepare for the Event
- Perform at a Party
- Take Private Lessons
- Attend Master Class
- Go to Group Classes
- Go to Parties
- Take an Exchange Lesson
As you can see the farther down you go, the more things your smaller goals will help you accomplish the larger goal. Everyone’s goal “pyramid” is going to look different. Everyone’s pyramid is going to change as time goes on and priorities change. As you participate in all the events available to you through Arthur Murray, keep in mind how this is getting you to your primary goal and what you can do to speed up the process. Also be open to new goals and things to accomplish such as adding a new dance to your program. The possibilities are endless and it’s up to you to figure out what you want, and we’ll help you to get it!
So get up and continue planning your next race, or your next event. We will give you one day rest and that’s it!
So when your teacher says “You should sign up for Diamond Star Ball” or the Supervisor or Manager says “You would do fantastic at our next Showstoppers,” or “You would be a great addition to our Unique Dance O Rama team,” don’t think of it as if we want you to go to the event just to go, it’s an opportunity to help you achieve your ultimate goal of becoming a good dancer, or wait, a GREAT Dancer!
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