I woke up this morning and decided to run a marathon. I realized that if I die today my biggest regret would be never having completed a 26.2 miler. So I ran one alone. No entry fee. No start line. No crowd at the finish. Running for the love of running and to see how far I could go. Pure…
Still the most inspirational running short I’ve ever seen. Maybe it’s the music that makes it so incredible. The quality is shit, but it’s still worth a watch.
REBUILDING YOUR FUNDAMENTALS
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about success in sports - distance running in particular - and life in general. I find that sometimes I try to reach a goal yet I’m hampered in doing so, not due to a lack of effort, but because my fundamentals are wrong. It is humbling to admit this and often painful. I find myself falling prey to the sunk cost fallacy. ”I’ve already spent all this time trying to reach the goal, it will all be wasted if I go back to the beginning”. However I quickly realize that the time I spent was not a waste, it taught me a valuable lesson. It taught me that I need to change.
Of course change is hard. I’ve already spent years doing things a certain way, so why not continue doing them the same way. After all it’s easier isn’t it? YES IT IS EASIER TO STAY THE SAME, CHANGE IS HARD. But that’s what makes it so much fun. Once you admit that you need to change - to reflect the words of Steve Job - the pressure of being an expert is replaced with the lightness of being a beginner once more.
I realized the other day that if I keep running in the style that I’ve learned over the years, my success as an ultra runner will be limited. So I’ve decided to re-build my fundamentals. To learn how to run again. Will it take me longer to run the 50 mile New York City Ultramarthon? YES. But perhaps without this change I won’t be able to run it at all.
I’m using the following POSE technique to re-build my running fundamentals.
Monday = Rest day.
Chances are it will feel more like this: