"IF YOU RUN SLOW WHO CARES?" Last week a follower/friend posted a lovely picture of her early morning run, indicating she was running it “slow”. I saw it just after returning from my own run which had been excruciatingly slow. Truthfully, I did not finish the full 3 miles running, but switched to a brisk ‘interval’ walk with about a half mile left. I finished the outdoor portion of that day’s work with two repeats of a few running form drills.
The humidity and temperatures were high, with heat index about 100 degrees. Three miles is THE SHORTEST distance of any run on my training schedule. How humiliating it seemed to be failing at this easy run, in spite of the heat excuse!
Then I saw her picture post. And I recalled reading the article by Jeff Gaudette, “If You Run Slow Who Cares?” for Competitor.com. Both gave me inspiration. After all, it was a huge effort for me to get out in the heat and complete the days’ assigned workout. Afterward I worked on strength building indoors. Three small workouts were accomplished that day: run, drills, strength. Not one was a complete full-on session, though. BUT WHO CARES? It was time spent making small improvements rather than thinking about making them.
“Positive thinking starts with how you frame every aspect of your running”, says Gaudette. If you’re having trouble believing in yourself, take a look at this article.
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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