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Getting out the door

  • Posted by howies
  • 12 April 2012

Exercise makes me happy. If I run a couple of times a week I think clearer, I sleep sounder, I eat better, I work more productively. I am happier. And yet, I can go for months without going for a single run. What's with that?

It took a chance meeting with Olympic athlete Steve Cram to tell me what the problem is. It's the front door. It's there, and its shut. He told me, "it doesn't matter if you're a professional athlete or training for your first fun run, the hardest part is motivating yourself to get going. If you can pull your trainers on and get out the door, everything else is easy."

The good news is he also told me how to open the door. Its a 2 step process:

1. Set yourself a goal.
Enter a run / bike ride / triathlon / adventure race / bog snorkel.
Nothing too hard, just something you couldn't do today.

2. Tell EVERYONE.
Parents, children, postman, neighbours, doctor, God, Twitter followers,
ticket collectors etc. There's no turning back now.

It works. For example, I haven't been swimming for 5 years. Then yesterday I entered a 1.5 mile swim to the Isle of Wight. I now have exactly 94 days until I walk down the shingle beach and into the waters of the Solent. So today I found my old trunks at the back of my drawer and tomorrow morning I'll be in the local swimming pool.

David came to howies to show us a website he built with a couple of friends to help people with the difficult Step 1.

You can guess what it does. It gets you out the door.

Words: David Wearn

www.findarace.com

Challenge yourself to something new and when you've found a race, let us know where you're racing on facebook, or tweet us with the hashtag #foundarace. You might even find a friend or two to get out the door with you.

fragile knee fragile mind

  • Posted by ade
  • 21 October 2011

 

With our three marathons in three days coming up in the 3rd week of November, I have been starting to push the norm.

Trickier trails. More hills. Night running. Boring road reps. Running to work. Running with all the kit I need to be self sufficient for 26 miles.

I have never run a marathon, only a 1/2. But I have always been able to run far and then want to run further. The jump to do 3 marathons in 3 days was just a change in head space.

Before I signed up I thought I would never be able to train enough. After I signed I was able. It would just be 4 of my normal runs at once, run at a slower pace. If I die a death I can always walk it.

Training was building the fitness and my head was rock solid. I'll just do it. It will be hard but I can do it.

Then last week my knee gave in followed shortly by my head. One run. A tightening knee. A long downhill finally brought me to a standstill and a limp 2 miles home with a locking knee.

I changed shoes and did some stretching but every run afterwards ended the same.

The remedy was a simple conversation with Ray at the health food shop. He runs ultra's on his days off. Sometimes in the evenings in the summer. We were chatting about the triple and I mentioned my knee.

"Happens all the time when you run lots and long.  Your iliotibial band is just tight and inflamed do this strech every day and it will go."

And it nearly has.

I am planning a lunch breakout today to repair my head.

 

 

Daylight savings

  • Posted by ruben
  • 30 March 2010

The clocks went forward on the weekend. That meant an hour less sleep, but an hour more daylight in the evening.

To celebrate the extra light, I went along to Mwnt with Scott to join him for one of his training sessions.

We ran from the beach, up all the steps, along the top of the cliffs and up the hill.  Great view.

We ran back down and did it all over again, and again, and...

Then just as the light and our legs were fading, we finished with a set of sprints.

My lungs boiled and my legs went wobbly.

I decided I'm not training for anything in particular.

I'm running for that place your head goes when your body comes alive.

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