Running is like life


Now that Bella-blossom has started pre-school, I have mornings free … and my runs have got longer so that now I’m up to 10km at a time. And the longer I run, the more my mind runs off on tangents, thinking less about the process of running and more about ‘other things’ … I’m enjoying having the thinking time – it really blows out the cobwebs, especially on a cold clear day.

And as I was going along the other day, it struck me that running is like life, in a lot of ways.

1) The only way to get where you’re going is to keep moving forward.

2) Don’t worry about how far you’ve still got to go, just focus on reaching the next landmark. And when you get there, focus on the next, and then the next, and you’ll be surprised how far you get.

3) Climbing is hard, but it’s usually worth it when you get to the top.

4) If you’re working too hard and getting stressed, reduce the amount of effort you’re putting in until it gets easier.

5) Control your descent when you go downhill … if you let yourself go flat out, you won’t have the energy for the next climb.

6) Keep your shoulders relaxed and free of tension, and your chest open … it makes breathing easier, and if your breathing is easy, then keeping the pace is easy.

So there you have it.

Possibly not the key to the universe, but it’ll do me, for now.


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