One day, poking around on the internet, I found this writing prompt: What are three things you know 100% to be true?
Hm, I thought. That could be interesting.
I sat down with a pen and paper and quickly realized I had a problem. The topic was incredibly broad and hard to pin down.
Solution? A series! In three posts I’ll answer the question in relation to running, work and writing.
So, on with it! Here are three things I know 100% to be true about running.
One: Running is cheaper than therapy.
Bad day at work? Stuck on a project? Go run three miles. By the end you either won’t care about the problem or you’ll have a solution to it. Guaranteed. And all it cost you was some tread off your shoes.
Two: If you think you’re running, you’re running.
Y’all, I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: I’m slow.
I average a 13:10 minute mile. I’m working hard at an 11:30 minute mile pace. I watch people who warm up at a 10:00 minute mile pace with envy because their warm up is my sprint.
I still consider myself a runner.
Speed is not important. Moving is.
Three: Everyone fails. The key is to fail forward.
Last Monday I had a terrible workout. I was sluggish and slow (even slower than normal). I had to take a ton of walking breaks. The harder I pushed the less my legs wanted to cooperate.
By the time the workout ended I was pissed off and exhausted.
So I logged the run and forgot it as soon as possible. A few hours later when I could think clearly (and I’d stopped being mad at myself) I analyzed what went wrong.
Of course that workout didn’t go well.
So I fixed my timer, got a better night’s sleep, and made enough time for coffee. Guess what. . .? The next day was great!
That is failing forward.
So that’s it! After seven years of running I’m still learning, but those are the three things I know 100% to be true about running.
What three things do you know about your favorite workout?
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