As I reluctantly drove to meet the eligible bachelor, I tried to look on the bright side. I told myself,
I married a cheap wad.
“Looky here pal, I hear you’re a track and cross country coach. I don’t have all day to sit here and discuss the weather, give me the low down! How do I run faster?!”
Ok, I didn’t actually say that. That would have been weird.
Let’s just assume I said something along the same lines that was very feminine and alluring and made him instantly want to marry me and simultaneously share all of his running secrets.
He shocked me with this little tidbit: “Just run. The most important thing you can do to become a better runner is run consistently.”
This advice was crazy, amazing, spectacular, and completely eye-opening for me.
Prior to this blind date, the steps that I had taken to become a better runner were stupid, but I hadn’t recognized my stupidity until my lunch partner had shed his life altering advice on my ears.
I used to do did things like:
Five minutes of sprints on a random Tuesday
Run a quarter mile backwards (to decrease calve pain, obviously)
Core workouts sometimes
It was not uncommon for me to run three, four, or even five days in a row only to follow my mini running streak with six, seven, or eight days off, and I couldn’t understand why I never got faster.
The magic words just run were all that I needed to hear to recognize my errors and become a better runner. I had encountered the aha moment that made everything about running clear to me; if I wanted to be able to run faster I needed to run consistently.
It was a genius idea!
I wanted to share this advice today because the two simple words just run have changed my outlook on running immensely. Running consistently has made me faster, increased my endurance, and increased my love for running. The words just run were also the two words that constantly ran through my head during the past nine months as I struggled to make a comeback to running after having a baby. I no longer worry about speed or fancy training techniques. I avoid thoughts like, where will I find the time? Do I have the right gear? Will I ever be fast? Instead I remember to just run!
Trust me, it's fun!