As runners, we search constantly for the point in our running and training
where everything is just right. Trying to find the point that is "just
right" is a constant concern.
If we run too much, we risk burnout and injury. If we run too little,
we risk frustration from being unable to meet our goals. To be lifelong
runners, we need to find the balance between doing enough to keep us motivated
and doing more than our bodies can handle. It has to be just right.
And it has to be just right on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis.
It isn't a matter of finding the point of balance today and having the
confidence that it will be at the same place tomorrow. As our goals change,
as our bodies change, as our lives change, we have to search for that
new place where everything is "just right."
This is easier said than done. Most of us believe that if a little of
something is good, then a lot will be even better. Whether it's running
or trying a new diet plan, nearly all of us will go from one extreme to
the other before we find the balance point. When we read that there are
benefits from exercising 3 times a week for 30 minutes, we believe that
exercising 6 times a week will double the benefits.
It takes a while to learn and to accept that a training program has two
components: activity and rest. To be successful, we have to find the balance
between activity and rest that is appropriate for us. Books, charts, friends,
and coaches can help provide general guidelines, but in fact, only we
can decide what is just right.
Thought of the Day
"I now know that there are days when it isn't the miles but the people
who are the most important part of training. There are days when pushing
my fear of being close to another human being does me more good than pushing
my heart rate."