Now while all this is well enough it is not what I set out to tell you. I wanted to follow-up on yesterdays blog entry. While I was training for my first marathon I was cautioned and as the years past and I helped others train I likewise cautioned them not to piggy-back secondary goals onto running a marathon or running. For example weight loss is most definitely inevitable at some point for those just starting training. Even seasoned runners tend to slim down as the mileage increases. But if weight loss is the goal then more pressure is put on the run more self doubt and artificial lows and peaks are inserted into the process. While weight loss and improved fitness and self confidence are almost assured be single minded not to burn yourself at both ends; keep the goal single and simple. To run to complete the task.
Lately my runs have been sour and taxing beyond their due. Well after my labyrinth/maze analogy I realized that my runs were expected to correct the wrongs in my day, my outlook, my relationships. I put undo stress on these runs expecting to work out the difficulties and relish the rewards all during the run or resulting from the run. This is 'the way wrong direction'. Of course the character benefits gained from the challenges of a particular run or the commitment to running long term are part and parcel of the activity; as are the physical changes. Essentially when you stress a system and then offer it time to recover your body, mind and soul adapts with each challenge becoming stronger and increasing the threshold you can bear.