This is sort of a follow on from my last post about learning to run and how the standard advice didn’t really work for me. Obviously there are going to be people for whom it doesn’t work, there are very few examples in life where the same thing works for everyone.
I was struck, by the comments I got where people had told me what worked for them (thank you everyone!), and couldn’t help but think that our personalities also play a part in what works for us.
When we blog and we share our thoughts and feelings about something, even something as neutral as running, our personalities shine through. Some people love the company of others and that really motivates them. Some love to help others. Some people like to focus more internally, thinking about their form or using the time for quietness or reflection. Some enjoy the outdoors, the scenery and solitude, others relish the physical challenge. Some people ‘just do it’. Some enjoy the physical benefits. Some set goals and go about achieving them in a very methodical way! I suspect that everyone likes a bit of all the above some of the time, but we have our preferred way of behaving that we stick with most of the time.
I realised yesterday that having a treadmill in the garage may be offering me more than just a safe place to run away from the darkness and the weather. It offers me a chance to run in complete solitude. No one to judge me, to give me advice. I don’t think that it’s co incidence that my favourite places to run are on the hills where only like minded people venture! It’s not just the view, it’s ‘getting away from it all’ too.
I also realised how much I rely on technology to support my running. I need all the information and feedback that I get from the data I collect to tell me that it’s working, that there are measurable improvements in my fitness. Why? Because honestly it’s taken a long time (years!) to get to the stage where I can run/walk and enjoy it for its own sake.
Like a miser who sits and physically counts his money every night, I love to check my apps to see; how much weight / body fat I have lost this week/month/quarter/year, how many miles I have run this week/month/year, what my average pace or HR are doing. The data reassures me that it’s worth the time and effort that I put in, it tells me what works for me and what doesn’t.
Blogging has also played a big part in keeping me running. I’m in no doubt that I’m at the narrow end of the bell curve when it comes to running ability. In my real life, I’ve encouraged lots of other people to take up running and they have all quickly overtaken me !😆 Within a few weeks they are running 10minute miles- something I have yet to achieve despite my best efforts! But in the virtual world you can cast your net wider and ‘meet’ people with similar issues and ideas and before you know it you have your own little support network – thank you my blogging friends😘😘🤗