Sunday, January 31, 2016

Random Running Thoughts…. by Lily

I never get used to running with earphone plugged in. So for my early morning runs, it’s just me and my thoughts in the crisp air and fresh sun ray. As my runs get longer, more of my thoughts are focused on running and training and the life lessons within.

Training method.
Running is perhaps the simplest form of sport, all you need is a pair of shoes, some time, and of course the will J  However, like any other sports, to improve you need training. The correct training method will help prevent injury and ensure sustained improvement. Training method is especially important for time cramped me, with limited time I want to know what works better and what fits me. We all know the saying smart people learn from their own mistakes, wise people learn from other’s mistakes. In essence, do your research before you embark on a new “adventure”.

Listen to your body.
There is no one size fits all training method. Try it out, but importantly observe how your body reacts and figure out what works for you and what doesn’t. Same philosophy goes with diet, what works for others may not work for you J Understand the method and understand the why, then build upon it to make it work better for you.
Listen to your body is an essential skill we all need to master. Sure, a clean bill of health from annual physical is great. But remember normal and abnormal is not like black and white, it’s a range of things. With once a year visit would your doctor notice the small, gradual changes that may be happening over time? Only you know your body the best, that is if you pay attention.

The front runner.
I see two types of front runners. Some enjoy being in the lead, enjoy being ahead alone, and will maintain the lead and even widen the distance over time. Others will lead maybe for a short time then slow down to wait for others and join the crowd. What types of runner are you, in running, or in life?

Running in circles.
When solving a problem, running in circles doesn’t get you anywhere. But in running, it does get you cross the finish line! Sustained efforts will make you reach your goals! 

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