How is running similar to medical school? The concept of threshold.
When you start training for a long race, even on the shortest of runs, everything hurts. Your legs burn and your lungs can’t seem to get enough air. Your pace is slower than you want it to be. You’re not sure how you’ll make it through the twelve-week training period, let alone the race at the end.
But then, things start to shift. Longer runs begin to feel easier and easier. What used to be hard, “long run” days now feel like easy, “short run” days. You stop needing as much recovery period.
In other words, you raise your own threshold. The capacity of work you are capable of increases — and it is exciting to witness this growth.
There is a similar phenomenon in medical training.
At first, everything is difficult. Studying is inefficient. A 50-minute test feels exhausting. You wonder how you’re going to make it through medical school, let alone being an actual doctor.
But then, you start to figure it out. You learn how to study and how to prioritize the information that matters. A 50-minute test becomes a walk in the park. The amount of work you’re capable of, and information you’re able to retain, increases dramatically.
Your threshold begins to rise.
[Photo of me at the 2017 Zion Half Marathon.]