I have been trying a new approach to my running schedule over the past week and a half. So far I have logged nine runs in the past eleven days. This is quite a departure from my normal running routine. I have been content to run three to four times a week with an every-other-day type of schedule.
We have some friends whose daughter started running with the cross-country team just a year ago. I’ve watched her go from JV to one of the team’s top runners in just that short time. She has really embraced the sport as a lifestyle, even to the point of her diet. It has been very inspiring to watch her level of dedication.
So what does that have to do with nine runs, you ask? I’ve watched the team’s training regimen over this last year, and I see that the top-level runners are running every day now. I know that your body needs rest and that it is important to healing as well. I’m pretty sure that I have not gotten anywhere near the point of over doing it. This past week my wife posted one of those motivational pictures on Facebook that said “Running is nothing more than a series of arguments between the part of your brain that wants to stop and the part that wants to keep going”. I thought that was brilliant.
I found myself yesterday talking about running with one of my co-workers and how I was trying to just take one day off a week. During that discussion I was telling him of how I don’t like to have music when I run. I love the solitude and just hearing my breathing. But most of all I like how my thoughts can just come and go – the randomness of my thinking. On the tough days though, you get stronger mentally as well as physically. With music, you can’t learn how to win the “argument”.
Even though my pillow won the debate on Labor day, I’m enjoying the journey of trying to run every day. I’m going to play this out for a while and see what I can learn about myself. I would love to hear comments from you runners out there on your routine and what you’ve learned.