5 things I’ve been reading this week

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1.  A tongue in cheek look at what it is like being in a relationship with someone who is obsessed with running.

married running

It’s all true I tell you! I may not be an ultra-runner yet, but I will eat all your food and create massive piles of dirty laundry (although in my house I do the laundry, so I guess that’s my problem!).

2.  Are humans really built for endurance sports?

Glad to hear that the answer is yes – not that I would have paid much attention if it had been ‘no’.

3. I know I say I am slow all the time. That’s because I am. But this article actually made me think I should stop saying it, because I probably sound like a dick to other even slower runners.

slow runner

It reminded me why I started running in the first place, and thinking on it is helping to get rid of the competitive, joy-sucking vampire in my head that says only the elite athletes amongst us deserve to feel good about their athletic endeavours.

 4.  TrailRunMag just brought out the 12th Edition of its online mag (free pdf download if you register with your email address):

 Trail run mag 12

It has all my usual fantastic trail porn, tempting upcoming races, extreme running adventures, shoe and gear reviews and some very odd nutritional supplement analysis (Traditional Chinese Medicine dehydrated ‘shrooms anyone???)

But I’ve saved the best for last.

I am totally aware that there are a lot of positive body image spiels out there in the world of fitness blogs.  I’ve read hundreds of iterations on ‘loving your body for what it can do, not how it looks’. How can anyone have anything new left to say on the subject?

For me this article nails it in a way no other ever has, managing not only to inspire me, but to change the way I think about what I’m really doing when I am training:

5. Training for the perfect body image?

 trimarni love your body

As someone who seems to find it particularly difficult to reconcile the fact that my thinnest body is not my healthiest body, words like these are a much needed wakeup call:

Many times, you are doing exactly what you need to do in making progress with your fitness/body composition or all is going as planned with training and your fueling regime but the moment you compare yourself to someone else or feel frustrated with your body for whatever reason, you extinguish your fire for individual success all at the expense of wanting more than what your body is capable of giving you at this moment in time.

 And another pearl of wisdom:

Your amazing body was not designed to model sedentary clothes, but instead, to perform in athletic wear.

I think it all comes down to trust. Trust that if you do your best for your body, your body will do its best for you.

So here’s my to do list for this week and it is very simple:

  1. Remember I am awesome
  2. Do not compare myself with anyone.
  3. ANYONE

Somewhere along the line the idea of looking up to others, reading inspirational stories and setting goals for my life got twisted by the need to be the best at everything. But if you’re constantly trying to compete with others the only joy you’ll get is when you win.

If you win.

And with running, or any sport – as well as lots of other things in life – the end result is only a fleeting part of the journey, and only a tiny percentage of the joy you can find in achieving your goals.

Time to concentrate on enjoying the journey as well as the achievements.

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