Friday, October 28, 2011
I did not run for the second day in a row. I did feel lazy, but I know that I really did a lot of good things today including walking several dogs and celebrating the end of my daughter's swim season with a great party. So I'll just call it a busy day with some walking thrown in.
I find myself taking a much more relaxed attitude about my exercise. Some days life just gets busy and sometimes it's a good kind of busy. On those days I remind myself that I exercise to live, not live to exercise. You could put in a lot of other words instead of exercise.
Exercise, running and swimming and horseback riding and hiking and riding my bike are all good things to do - as are the 500 other things I enjoy in life. But deciding to do just a few things every day and then doing them with passion and with energy is better then to squeeze as many activities in as possible. This is all part of using the Maffetone method, but of course Phil Maffetone did not invent these ideas, he just tied them into a holistic approach to endurance training by talking about the consequences of excessive stress in our lives.
The idea that less is often better than more is very foreign to most of our (the American) way of life. Even people who profess to live simply typically live much more complicated lives then did their grand parents. Success is so often defined by how many things we can juggle in life while maintaining a confident and strong exterior. But on the inside we may be overwhelmed or even close to collapse. The MAF test is helpful in seeing early warning signs of overdoing it in one or several areas of our lives. Getting sick frequently is another. Feeling tired all the time or lacking energy in the mid-afternoon can also be caused by too much stress. Getting to know ourselves well enough to catch these things early prevents a lot of pain, both physical and emotional.
Tomorrow I will try a longer run in my Vibram Sprint's if the weather is not too cold. Maybe I'll talk my husband into coming along. I did not run for 2 days and I miss it. I guess I have finally become a runner.