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Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Why do I look like I am not running anymore

An old friend recently asked why I am not running anymore and I was quite surprised by that comment because I am still consistently running 3 times a week. The difference is that I don't want to talk about it on Facebook as much any more. No particular reason but maybe I just don't like to post about every run that I do because apparently that's what you do if you are 30 and beyond, according to Buzzfeed. Yeah, I base my decisions on Buzzfeed because that it's a very intellectual source of opinion and findings.
I have been running a little less this year but am doing more tempo and speed work and it’s been good to me. My speed has increased a little more than last year and my body and mind are happier because it’s under less stress. If I have learnt anything from the last few years of running races is that the mind must not be stressed out during the preparation of the race. It takes all the fun out of running and it’s the essence of running for me, personally. Of course finishing with a great time is awesome and rewarding but when I ask myself the reason why I started long distance running, it’s because I love doing it. When you put yourself in a situation where every training is just a number and a “task” it takes all the fun out of it. I am not saying that you should not have a goal. You should. It makes training more fun and meaningful. But there should a goal that is realistic that is going to push you further but at the same time not to be disappointed and self-imposing on what you can or should do. I was bitterly disappointed when I did not reach my goal finish time as I bonked in the Auckland Half Marathon last year and that put me off from running for a couple of weeks. I ran another half marathon recently and I treated it as a training run instead of a race and I swear it was one of the best runs I have had in years! My mind was relaxed and my body felt light and willing. This is how running is supposed to feel like. Compete with yourself, not only in terms of time but also how happy you were whilst you were at it. I finished that race in my best time ever. And I even stopped for a few minutes because I tripped and scraped myself. Yes, the run was so awesome that it didn’t bother me one bit.

I am going to do the Adidas Half Marathon in less than 3 weeks’ time and I am trying to stay focused on being relaxed about it. I will run as hard as my body and mind would and enjoy the rest of the journey. A great race is also about feeling the electric of the day. I have to admit that I enjoy race days because you get to run with thousands of other people and it’s the safest way to run because you don’t have to watch out for traffic and all you do in that  few hours is concentrate on running and listening to what your mind and body tells you. Actually for me, my Garmin tells me what I should be doing. But it’s all good. I will be focused on staying healthy and happy until race day. Maybe a trip of indulgence to Lululemon. 

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