10 Things I’ve learned after 30 years of Running
You’re stronger than you think you are. Yeah, yeah, I know. We see this quote all the time. But seriously, it's true. Go ahead and try picking up the pace when you’re completely exhausted at the end of a long run. I bet you’d surprise yourself.
I take two obstacles out of my workout equation, so that I may focus on the task at hand. I go out early enough, so that it has no effect on my daily work/family schedule. Does it mean sometimes seeing 4:50am on the alarm clock? Sure it does. This way, I’m never thinking about getting back in time for a meeting, or picking up a child. I can keep a calm mindset during my run. The second obstacle I never worry about is knowing my mileage before I head out the door. It’s set in place before my feet hit the pavement. I never question cutting the workout short. It’s called goal setting. It’s a great habit that seeps into other facets of your life too.
I believe that your training is made up of diet, workout, mindset and sleep. They’ll fluctuate, as one will be at a higher level than the other from time to time. Try to monitor them all for a successful outcome.
Depression from a running injury is a real thing. Check in on your friends that may be off from running due to an injury. They’re depleted of those endorphins and would appreciate you checking in. Whether it’s you or a friend, try and stay active in a different fashion. For instance, if you’ve been pulled from running due to stress fracture, consider hitting the gym to work on your arms and upper body. Staying active is important.
Whether your giving running a try for the first time, or coming back from an injury, day one is the hardest part of the training. Just lace up and show up. Don’t think too much about it, and just go! Stop creating obstacles in your mind that aren’t there. Once you get over the 2-3 week hump, you’re likely to feel good and keep going.
Here’s a very expected item on the list, but we never give it the attention it deserves. Stretch and use a form roller after you run. If you avoid these two tasks, something will eventually break down or seize up on your body. I’ve learned the hard way. Make sure you allocate time for this when your run is complete. It’s just as important as your run.
Do you want to become a faster runner? Introduce speed work/intervals and core work into your routine. They’re game changers.
I’ve learned that if you have a group of running buddies, hold them tight and appreciate every run. Support one another whole-heartedly. I found out over the past few years, it’s rare to have friends like this. This group is also a great outlet for chatting about running, since we know none of our non-running friends want to hear one more blessed thing about it.
From time to time, don’t worry about your pace, and keep your watch/phone at home. Yes, really. It’s amazing.
Training for a marathon will change your life. Also, sit yourself at the end of a marathon finish line for a few hours. It’s humanity at it’s finest.