Half marathon training is going really well this time around. I feel like I’m growing as a runner.
I mostly credit the plan I’m following, but honestly I don’t follow it to a tee. I’m strict about the runs that I feel really count for improvement (long runs, tempo runs, mile repeats) but the others I sometimes move to different days, improvise on or – yikes! – skip altogether depending on what I’m feeling.
I’m okay with that though. Some people approach running militantly: Want to improve? Run, run, and then run some more. I come at things a little differently. There’s a beauty in knowing when to listen to your body and pull back and when to not listen to your body and push, push, push. It’s a dance, an art, a give-and-a-take, which mimics life itself. I love discovering this, for it’s very personal and there is no one-size-fits-all way of doing it. With running, less is not more, and more is not more, and intuitiveness is everything. Your potential is your canvas, your body is the paintbrush, and your runs are the creation of something amazing.
“Runners often speak of pain and of course if you want that you can have all you want merely by pushing yourself beyond your limits every time you run. It’s your choice of whether you want to run to punish your self or to experience your self. If you choose, with me, the latter, then every run can be joyful…create yourself as a runner gradually, patiently, relaxedly.” Fred Rohé, The Zen of Running Continue reading