Good Stuff, indeed! I came to this revelation myself last year. I like to run. I like to be fit. I want to continue both of those. I don't need to be extreme, I don't need to prove anything to anyone anymore. My health is my reward. Once in a while, I still get a bug to do a race - and then it passes. Unless it is for a cause I really want to support, I don't do events anymore.
Enjoy your journey! Wherever it may lead! ;)
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Good exchange here. Great insights. Thanks. Sorry about the illness and hope the job change is a good one. I really noticed the Topic "Remember the face of thy father". Of course... Two things - Remember the face of thy Father is the best way. For me, once in awhile get a reminder that I'm the father that my son sees. Thanks for the reminder. We need to live the life that others see when they see our face. Taking care of your body, running outside where others can see you, providing a positive image, telling them that they can get off the sofa and feel better - Good stuff - Carpe Diem.
That's perfect!! Get back to the love of running. During my injury, I've had to focus a lot on why I started working out in the first place. I love running. I love the country roads, looking at creeks, hills, old barns, and whatever wildlife sightings happen to come my way. It's fun! So just start enjoying yourself again. Treat your body kindly. And have fun :-)
She woke up one morning and threw away all her excuses... ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ UPCOMING RACES: Apr 11, 2015: Race To Read 10K April 18, 2015: Heart & Sole Sprint Triathlon April 24, 2015: RK Twilight 5K May 16, 2015: Horse Capital Marathon June 13, 2015: Bourbon Derby Half July 11, 2015: Muncie 70.3 Half Ironman Oct 11, 2015: Iron Horse Half Marathon Oct 18, 2015: Columbus Half
I had a "remember the face of thy father" moment, last night. If you don't know the reference, it is from a series of books called The Dark Tower series and the main character is Roland of Gilead. In Roland's world, the reference has many meanings and applies to many facets of life. In this case, it means that I remembered WHY I run in the first place. The moment came while I was watching "Bullet to the Head" with Sylvester Stallone with Storme yesterday. Stallone is almost 70 and is JACKED! I don't remember exactly what Storme said but in essence, it boiled down to - he didn't stay that way by NOT working out. In my case, the REASON I started running was to stay in shape - something I want to do for a very long time and even though my motivation to RACE has been seriously impacted by the events of January (illness and job change which COMPLETELY turned my life upside down), I remember that the reason I want to run is to stay healthy. With that in mind, I am going to continue running almost daily if not daily, but I'm not training. I have no intentions of doing any races right at this moment. I just want to get back to basics and run for the reason I started in the first place (remember the face of thy father). I think this approach will help me for now. The pressure is off. I don't HAVE to force myself out to do hard runs in the dark that I don't want to do. I can do a nice easy 7 miles if I want, or 4 if I don't really feel like it. No pressure. And I can continue to stay in good condition (the original reason for running). It will also leave me more time to work on full body conditioning - something I have zero time for under the schedule I'm leaving behind. I will probably want to race again. In fact, I'm almost positive I will, but not right now.....
Edited by: SEMATARY at: 2/11/2013 (09:22)
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