Ah, runners. We can be undoubtedly dedicated to our sport and our training (I’m trying to say that nicely, but what I really mean is that we don’t know when to quit). Running long distances requires the mental stamina to push through physical pain, so we are used to working through pain vs. stopping to rest.
Something I coach all of my athletes to understand, though, is that it may be better to rest for 48-72 hours rather than continue to push when each step hurts worse and worse. Hear me out.
Off and on for about a week, I have been re-evaluating my training plan. I’ve gone back and forth for a while not about whether or not to follow it to a tee, not at all, or half-ass. After I failed my eight mile run, I started to be honest with myself about a few things that are important enough to share with my followers.
Most importantly, your body will absolutely stop you from beating it too hard. Mark my words that no mental training or stretching or pushing will stop your body from shutting off if that’s what needs to happen.
By now, I am no stranger to the mile! I love to run distance races, but I adore running one milers. I ran my first one last year at the Pittsburgh Liberty Mile (part of the Bring Back The Mile tour), and since then, I have run two more and have signed up for a third.
Many of my distance running friends have never even thought about running mile races. I get the impression that they think it’s kind of useless. But…trust me. It’s not only fun, but it can be very rewarding as well as a huge confidence boost. Check out some key reasons why you should definitely register for a mile race TODAY.
So, I’m 100% Italian. My mom and I always joke around about how we just “don’t mess with the basics.” In our cooking, that means that there’s plenty of flavor and enjoyment from adding garlic and olive oil to almost any dish. Once you read this entire entry, you’ll see how this pertains to shoes.
Long story short, I learned not to mess with what works – at least in this situation. And now that you’ve read the short story, keep going to read the long story.