When I was doing my prayers and meditation early this morning, the thought drifted into my consciousness that a successful running program has similarities to a successful marriage. Here are the ones I thought of right away:
1.Both require a long term commitment.
2.Both bring tremendous joy and pain.
3.You really have to work at both of them.
4.You have to show up for both.
5.Over the long term, both can bring great benefit to your health.
I’m sure you can think of more.
It’s now summer, and as I look back at my decades-long running program, I realize that my most successful years were those where I built my base in the summer. Several years I did very little during the summer, and then when cross country started in September, I was pretty much out of shape. I then over-trained, trying to get ready for racing. When I was younger, I could get away with it most years, but not always. Sometimes it was my Achilles heel, or my knees, or even the occasional hamstring. As I aged, the injuries occurred more often and took longer to heal. Continue reading RUNNING, WRITING, AND TRAVELING FOR LIFE-EPISODE 4→
Welcome back for Episode 3 of Running, Writing, and Traveling for Life. Last week I painfully enumerated all the details of the previous week’s workouts. It was probably more painful for you to wade through than it was for me to write. Anyway my conclusion was that you need to find ways of determining the rest you need between intervals and between vigorous sessions. For the most part, we learn this by the way we feel, but a heart monitor is a good way to test our subjective rest evaluations. By the way, the above picture of the deserted Lopa Beach on Lana’i, Hawaii is hard to get to, but worth it. I only walked on it this time, but next time I’ll run on it!
After reviewing this past week’s training, I saw the value of more rest between the intervals, and more rest and cross training between the more strenuous running days. I started the week off with 1 ½ hours of “weed-whacking” and raking in the back yard, which involved both upper and lower body cross-training. The next day was complete rest. The day after that was a 45 minute gym workout, focusing on quads, hamstring, glutes, calves, biceps, triceps, and hips. The 4th day I played 9 holes of golf as a light cross-training and rest day. Continue reading Running, Writing, and Traveling for Life Episode 3→
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