I was born an extremely patient person and this week I’ve been very grateful for that yet again. I’ve been really good with taking it easy after my illness and I’ve kept the distances down. I’m feeling good and rested, which makes it that more difficult to hold back and take it easy on the short runs.
That’s where patience comes in and I think this goes much further in running than this. Being patient is one of the most important aspects of distance running. The more and longer you want to run, the more patient you must be.
I’m reading quite a lot of running blogs nowadays and I’m actually surprised at the high percentage of running bloggers that are injured or coming back from injury or battle with injuries nearly all the time. If you read a bit deeper into their running and training history you find one thing in common, not enough patience. Nearly all these runners are chasing times, want to run PR’s all the time, want to run marathons too soon and in general want to get to everything as quickly as possible.
My message for the day:
- The PR’s will come, don’t chase them, wait for them, to come to you, be patient.
- When training…don’t’ do too much too soon, be patient.
- When racing…don’t start to fast, be patient.