If Oprah can do 2 shows within a few weeks about the current New York Times #1 bestseller "The Secret", I don't feel it is overkill for me to once again pontificate on the formula that will greatly enhance the probability of Newbies and runners in general to want to/and have the ability to be lifetime runners.
THE SECRET: Slow down
take days offvisualize running 10/20/30 years from now don't take yourself too seriouslyit is ok to run and walk or walk and run rest days are sacreddon't fall prey to too much/toosoon/toofast have running become play, it can be fun.<br /><br />Note: Over the years people have asked me why they rarely see runners smiling while they run. My response: "We don't want to get bug stains on our teeth, and, it is very difficult to smile when you have a Ben-Gay Suppository implanted."<br /><br />I continue to read numerous posts from Newbies who are strugglingdo too much get discouraged and stop running. It makes me sad that a simple solutionEZ to implement is not taken. If running is painful something is wrong. If you have been sedentary for years don't expect to gain fitness in days or weeks. Relaxget in a habit of at least going for a walk. Not power walking. Gentle walking stopping to admire naturerelax. As time progresses add a few moments of gentle jogging. If you do this for several months your body will crave it. Same as your teeth crave to be brushed and flossed.
Goals are wonderful
keep them realistic: Instead of getting into running to run a 5/10K, a 1/2 marathon or a marathon within the shortest period of time/ set some goals for races 5 years from now and beyond. As I have mentioned before, most ignore the EZ approach and become Charter members of the World's largest Running club: "I use to run....but club"<br /><br />If you really take it EZ, running will become meditative and Ipods will be left at home while you run. With all the info of TV/Internet/Cell phones etc you can find a quiet place in your mind by just walking/running gently and tuning in to YOU.<br /><br />Yeow!! I can go on, can't I? For those who don't know about mesuffice it to say I was a pack a day smoker who quit smoking and decided to get in shape 31 years ago. I am 63 and have run over 63,000 miles mostly injury free /competed in over 400 races from 1 mile to 50 miles and recently completed my first marathon in 21 years 3 weeks ago. Ran my first marathon 30 years ago. My passion for running is a constant and increases with age. I have never felt burned outwell OK at the end of several marathons death would have been a welcome interlude. I attribute it mostly to slowing down and enjoying the journey. It may work for you. Again, thanks for letting me get on my soapbox. It does my soul a lot of good. Rememberthere is no finish line and live with an attitude of gratitude. Nick
Great post! I completely agree with the "slow down" philosophy. A newbie who wants to run a marathon 6 months from now -- or even 4 months from now -- might be able to do it. But they won't enjoy it. Running will hurt, and it will be a chore. And as soon as that goal race is over, they'll give up running.
So if someone just wants to run a marathon (or race of any particular length, for that matter) and then never run again, they might as well go as fast as they want. But if someone wants to make running a part of their life for the next 10, 20, 30 (or more) years, what's the hurry? If you want to run for many years, why do you need to run that marathon this year? Go slow, let your body get used to a little extra effort each time, and you'll be able to love it. Forget about that marathon for now and just work on increasing little by little. You'll be able to comfortably train for that marathon in a couple of years, and you'll be able to enjoy it. And you'll still have many many more years to run more of them, and enjoy them all...
Thanks a lot Nick, it made me think of why I run. I will never be good enough to win anything, so why beat myself up. After reflecting about what you said, it's true that the slower runs are more enjoyable, and have more energy the rest of the day.
I think it is our competetive nature that pushes us to go as fast as possible while we need to do the opposite - slow down, running is after all a down time for us.
I just have to remind myself that there will always be lot of people faster than me, and a lot more people slower, so what's the point if not enjoying yourselves. That race you signed up is important only to the point of keeping you motivated to get out the door, does it matter if you place 235 vs 350. The long term goal like you said should be running 20/30 years from now.
Well said, Nick!
I tell anyone who will listen it's the journey, not the destination. I got back into running at 50 after raising a family. Shed the 41 pounds I had accumulated, and ran my first marathon Oct 06 . At 57 I can't see myself not running. It's like golf...addictive and you can always do better. !http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/smile.gif|src=http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/smile.gif|border=0!
Nick's the man!!!!
I've been running for 5 years now. I see myself running til I die. I've got a dear friend who is still running marathons at age 78. He's not as fast as he used to be, but he does it. He even has a job!!!! I have another friend (age 62) that runs marathons carrying the Marine Corp. flag the whole way. They are my heros, just like Nick.
I have many friends that are in their 50s and 60s that are truely inspirations to me. Heck, I'm almost there at age 48.
Thank you Nick!
Great post Nick. As a 58 year old who recently began running again (after 30 years), I am encouraged by your stories. I began the C25K four weeks ago and have been enjoying the program. I am on week4, day 2, and have every intension of completing the program and continuing to run for along time. At the beginning, I was starting to get a little worried about my slow pace but I am getting stronger every week and thanks to your posts, I have become more interested in the journey rather than getting there quickly. Keep up the good work and best regards, Jim
My personal hero is the 84 year old woman who ran the local 10K. Okay, she beat me. I am half her age. Literally.
I strive to improve and enjoy so as I am still going for the next 42 years, and beyond.
Ha - That explains it!
Thank you Nick. Just this morning I finished W8D1 of C25K, and I'd been disappointed with myself that I went the longest ever without running (four whole days!) since I'd been traveling and I was also a little sore from doing some weight training the other day. I kept telling myself that I should have run yesterday, but I was just a little sore. I'm new to running and so scared that something will make me go back to sedentary ways, even though I love this.
Instead I felt great today, which I don't think I would have yesterday. I don't think I move too fast and I'm a total newbie, but I love how I feel when I run and after that I want to be in this for the long haul. I hear so much about races and what's your pace etc that I really needed to read your post this morning.
Thanks Nick, you changed my whole perspective.
Long Run Nick...you know that you are my hero...right?
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