Here is how last week's workouts shook out:
MONDAY - Run 5 miles, 30 minutes of strength-training
TUESDAY - Yoga class
WEDNESDAY - Zumba class, Mobility 101 class
THURSDAY - Strength Max class
FRIDAY - Run 4 miles
SATURDAY - Run 8.5 miles
SUNDAY - Yoga video, walk 3.5 miles
The 17.5 miles I ran last week is my highest weekly total since July. I strongly considered knocking out a few easy miles on Sunday, too. Ultimately, I decided not to since I'd already run Friday and Saturday. I figured three consecutive days of running could be too much after doing so little running for many weeks preceding. It feels good to get some momentum rolling!
This week's Tuesdays on the Run topic is: The best running advice I ever got.
I've talked here about the biggest running lessons I've learned in the past. Therefore, I'm going to talk about running advice from a more universal perspective.
The best running advice I ever got boils down to this: Control what you can control, and focus on what matters.
|Hopefully this isn't too cliche.|
There can also be other intangibles that I can't even begin to list here since they are unique to each of us as individuals. Our bodies are not machines.
On bad run days, I tend to beat myself up and question all the things that went wrong. On good run days, I wish I could clone whatever was clicking so I can recreate it all the time. Certainly every experience, both good or bad, is an opportunity to learn and to improve, of course. But there's only so much we can control - so it's best to focus on what's important to us.
|This doesn't exactly fit the point I'm trying to drive home here - |
but it is so true that I had to share!
Similarly, I can always do my best to adapt to the weather and crowds - but ultimately I cannot control them. And that is okay, too. Again, I can control my perspective and how I am thinking about the challenges.
Obviously, it can be very difficult when life throws wrenches in our direction. But I think the realization of what we can and cannot control can usually help shift the mindset in the right direction. Baby steps are still steps, yes?
Your turn! What is the best running advice you've ever received?
I'm belatedly linking up with HoHo and Tricia for the Weekly Wrap, as well as with Marcia, Patti, and Erika for Tuesdays on the Run.