Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wrapping

Bear with me.  I’m on the 48th rebuild of my work laptop.  It has this little feature.  It likes to spontaneously reboot.  I am at the point now where I am determined to figure out if the problem is software or hardware.  I have added nothing to the laptop.  If it reboots on its own now, I plan to rip out the hard drive, put in a spare, and install Linux.  If that reboots, then I’ll know fer sure.

This, of course, means keeping up with your blogs has been somewhat problematic.  I’ve been restoring my personal directory from a back up.  When I do this, it restores my blog reader back a couple of weeks.  Yea, I know.  I used to use an online reader.  I should probably go back…

With that out of the way, the topic of today’s discussion is my current read.  Run:  The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel.  I’m trying to wrap my brain cells around the first couple of chapters.  What?  You thought I was talking about Christmas?  Pfffffft…

The entire book boils down to three rather important concepts.  First, train your confidence.  Second, listen to your body, and finally, have fun.  Wait a second…  I thought one trained their body to do a race?!?  Waz up wid dat?  Well, let me tell you…  You either believe that your mind pushes your body, or you believe your mind is a slave to your body.  Just forget about that last one.  You learn rather quickly as a marathoner or Ironman that your body will keep going, if your mind wills it so.

What does training your confidence mean?  Well…  It means doing the workouts that will give you the confidence to reach your goals.  Not to worry.  Confidence building includes distance, and for some people, over distance.  It also includes training fast.  EVERYBODY has a time goal.  Do the “fast” workouts that give you the confidence to race that way.

Listening to your body is a basic tenant of training.  For most of us, we are following a canned plan or a set schedule.  What do we do when our body doesn’t feel like 8x800?!  Do we modify the workout?  What about the next one?  What this book suggests is not having a set workout.  Have a broad plan of what  types of workouts you would like to run, and on what days, then decide at the last minute what kind of workout you are going to do, by assessing your body, your mood, and where your mind is.

And the whole idea behind all of this is, of course, keeping the fun in running.  If it isn’t fun, then you are doing something wrong.  Keep track of your fun meter.  When its low, figure out why.  Figure out how to get it back to high, and what is the process required.  Then, the next time this happens, you will know.

I decided to pick up my pace a bit on my long run Monday. Sunday, I was travelling and missed my run.  I completed the same 8.4 mile circuit as last week in five fewer minutes.  Improving is definitely fun.  I can’t wait to read the rest of the book and see where my mind will take me.

Wes

9 comments:

ironmomma.com said...

like like like!

Colleen said...

We try to be as flexible as possible with our training. It's hard, but if we don't feel like biking, and we get out there, chances are it's going to suck (probably because of our attitudes more than anything)! :)

Keep us updated with the rest of the book! And have a happy holiday!

LBTEPA said...

sounds like a brilliant book :)

Julie said...

Hi Wes,
Yikes, I hate computer issues!! I wish I was a computer geek...sadly I am not and my IT guy at work will quickly agree...computers hate me:)

I am liking that book:) Post more on that please!

Merry Christmas Wes!

Carolina John said...

It's hardware. no doubt.

And that book sounds great! Isn't that one by Matt Fitzgerald? That's the same guy that wrote Racing Weight. his shit works. unlike your laptop, apparently.

Karen said...

errrrrr hello.... it's been a while I know ..... and I like your new banner pic.... sweet :)

Joe said...

Interesting concept. I've seen things go both ways. Days when I feel lousy, yet do the scheduled work out and I "behave my way into feeling good." And other days when I know the prescribed plan isn't gonna work and I modify it.

I'm thinking experience matters in this one, eh??

Mike Russell said...

Great post Wes. People don't train their brains enough in endurance sports. Confidence runs are a great way to do that.

I vote you start going to the library to post to your blog. Ditch the laptop all together. :)

Jess said...

It's great to hear the book focuses on keeping running fun. I think that's something that's easy to lose site of when we're focused really intently on a time goal.