Monday, April 9, 2012

Nine and a Half Ways To Keep Running Real

I saw this in Ultrarunning Magazine and then tracked it down over at An Ultrarunner's Blog. Since I'm ramping up my running in preparation for my 50K training that starts April 30th, this seemed very appropriate.

1. Find new routes everyday. I mean everyday. Take them.

2. Cycle your training. Plan your peaks and valleys. From month to month, week to week, and day to day. There’s a time to push, and a time to pull back.

3. Don’t forget your posse. Run with them regularly. Swap stories. Talk about running. Talk about life. They keep you grounded. They remind you why you run.

4. Lay low every once in a while. I’m not talking about for a couple of days. Or even for a couple of weeks. I’m talking about for a couple of months. Find something else to do.

5. Commit. To a goal. To an event. Any event. Preferably one that inspires you. If you can’t, rest easy. It’s not the end of the world. If you can, smile, and enjoy the ride.

6. Tune in. To music. To audio books. To talk radio. Whatever entices you while you run. Stream music (vs download) and listen to anything, anytime, and be surprised.

7. Tune out. Don’t think, just do. Let your mind drift while you run. Like a tumbleweed in a warm desert wind.

8. Wander. Leave home with no particular place to go. No routine. No plan. Just run.

9. Stop regularly on a run. Look around. You will be amazed at the little things that look back at you.

9.5. Always remember this: Running is not a job. It’s not a duty. It’s not an obligation. It is your life, at that moment. Keep it real. Embrace it.

Source: An Ultrarunner’s Blog -- also published in Ultra Running Magazine March 2012


  1. I like this. Except the commitment part, which we all know I have issues with. :) Looking forward to following your 50k training and SUCCESS.

  2. Loved this! Such a "zen" view of it this crazy thing we do. I actually think you could swap "bike" or "swim" for "run" on a lot of these too.

  3. Love love love this! Especially the part about looking around and being amazed at what looks back. I don't do this enough. And turning my brain off a bit. And taking long breaks. I like! Great post!

  4. That is a great list! Good luck with your 50k training!

  5. That is a great list! Good luck with your 50k training!


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