Monday, September 28, 2020
Dear ECHS Cross Country,
A long time ago, 705 years after the founding of Rome, a man named Gaius Julius Caesar “gazed into the turbid waters of the Rubicon” (AHCS 48). To cross the Rubicon and declare a civil war or “‘to submit to the law and surrender his command’” were his choices (AHCS 47). Caesar’s soldiers waited for his summon, ready to cross, but Caesar said nothing. He was absolutely silent in thought.
“The Romans had a word for such a moment. ‘Discrimen,’ they called it--an instant of perilous and excruciating tension, when the achievements of an entire lifetime might hang in the balance. The career of Caesar, like that of any Roman who aspired to greatness, had been a succession of such crisis points. Time and again he had hazarded his future--and time and again he had emerged triumphant. This, to the Romans, was the very mark of a man.” (AHCS 48)
It can be argued we are all at a crisis point similar to the one Julius Caesar faced out on the Rubicon that fateful January so many years ago. We are teetering between being burnt out and being transformed into better athletes and human beings by the circumstances around us that we have no control over. And so we need to remember that times like these are oftentimes stepping stones to success, as Julius Caesar experienced again and again and again.
With that said, I want to strongly encourage you all to create a weekly exercise schedule for yourself. At least two days should be devoted to strength and conditioning. At least one day devoted to rest and recovery. And at least one day devoted to speed work and another for a long run. We need to be prepared both mentally and physically as Julius Caesar always was. If you want help with creating an independent conditioning plan like this for yourself, I would be uber excited to help.
Please always feel free to contact me with questions and/or comments. I hope you all have a fun and lovely week!
“Fit yourself for the matters which have fallen to your lot, and love these people among whom destiny has cast you--but your love must be genuine.” Marcus Aurelius