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.