Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Encouraging a Friend and Fellow Athlete

My friend Russell at RussBlog is working hard to improve his fitness and his martial arts training. Here is his most recent blog entry about his tough training regimen. All I can say is that I am sure glad Russ and I are in different sports! He's doing a great job.

Russell was kind enough to mention this blog on his site, so I want to return the favor.

More than that, however, he hopes, "Maybe the two of us can help keep each other motivated." I share that hope. Mr. Newquist has certainly been helping me stay motivated. Indeed, especially over the last few days when things were in a bit of a slump because of work demands, part of my ability to stay focused on the big picture is reading Russell's reports of his own training. It is particularly inspiring to me because he is dealing with a very painful knee injury. His positive attitude reminds me to stay with the program and helps me to remember that I am pursuing fitness over the long haul; there is really no need to get upset or discouraged my temporary and relatively minor setbacks, even though they can sometimes be frustrating.

Thanks, Russell, and keep up the good work. I hope you'll visit his blog and offer him some encouragement. Oh, and stay a while and look around there; he runs an interesting site with a lot of good content. Tell him I sent you. :-)

1 comment:

Russell Newquist said...

Thanks for the words of support, Steve. As it happens, I actually kind of needed them yesterday. I hadn't worked out at all in three days, I'd eaten like crap for two of them, and I'd been very sore. It was all adding up to a pile of frustration. Your post did, in fact, help re-motivate me - and if you saw my blog today, then you saw the results. I kicked ass at the gym last night. :)