Run Till You Die
This is terrible advice.
the alternative is worse.
“I can’t do that.”
I hate hearing “I could never do that! Its way farther than I could run.”
Maybe they’ll talk about a 10k, a half marathon or even a marathon they’re training for…months down the road.
Coach Travis, and any medical professional, would tell you that a good solid training plan will increase your probability of success on race day. Bringing you both finish line goals, and decreased chance of injury.
Mile 49 Travis – the one chewing ginger gum, trying to keep from throwing up on himself and run another 1, 13, or 51 miles – would say: “get up and just run“.
Leave your doubts and inhibitions on the curb.
You don’t know how far you can’t run, because you don’t know how far you can.
Wake up some Saturday, and resolve to do nothing else, than find your limit, and pass it.
Push. Push yourself to your limits – and keep pushing.
Maybe you’re training for a 10k, maybe a full marathon, or even your first ultra.
Maybe this is your first attempt. Maybe it’s your fourth, maybe you’ve toyed with the idea, halfway trained, failed, tried again…failed….tried again.
You’ll wake up for your peak long run, and you look at the number on your training plan. Maybe it’s 2 miles, 4 miles, 14 miles, 20 miles….it doesn’t matter.
You see the number and it instantly becomes a limitation. You know how hard it will be. You know that at the end of the day that will become the farthest, or hardest run you’ve ever undertaken.
But you don’t know how much farther you could go if you just tried.
Grab a bottle of water, or your hydration vest, a $20 bill, a credit card, and just go. Set your Fitbit, your Suunto, your Strava, or whatever and forget about it. Settle into a groove. Keep your breathing easy. Keep your heart rate low. Sing to yourself. Talk to yourself. Forget the headphones and listen to your breath. Listen to the sounds of the world. Watch the people as you run by. Contemplate their lives, their problems, their dilemmas. Get outside your world, and get inside theirs. Live in someone else’s mind for a minute, or a mile. Think up ideas. Solve your problems. Come up with your next move in life.
Appreciate what you have, and everything that you are.
And keep running.
Walk when you need to.
Then run some more.
Pause for water, or snacks.
Then continue running.
Celebrate every mile you reach, and don’t be concerned with the next. You’ll find yourself passing mile markers you had only once dreamed of.
You may strain things. You may pull muscles. You may need to take a day or two off, and have to go easy when you get back into it. Don’t put yourself in the hospital, but don’t succumb to your doubts.
Your doubts, your inhibitions, the limitations that you once thought defined you will be shattered and reduced to laughing memories. ‘
What you thought you couldn’t do will now be what you did.
Plan and Execute
Take a look at a map, get some ideas of where you could run for a long time….through towns, past 7-11s, through parks and trails, down sidewalks and along bike trails. Put a little thought into it, for logistics sake, but don’t over think it. Don’t overthink a distance or a finish time or place.
Plan to call a loved one, or get a lyft.
Move as far as you can, for as long as you can.
Because what’s the alternative?
Sitting on a couch making excuses?
Building your own walls, then living within them?
And don’t stop.