More is less and less is more
What’s this? A fourth blog post this month … all in the second half of the month?!?
As I put my focus on marathon training again, I am finding myself wanting to refocus on just about everything when it comes to running. Over the course of the final couple months of the year, I want to:
This doesn’t mean I will blog all that much about individual runs, but I just want to put my thoughts into words and not leave them in a draft post or a draft email or in a note on my phone.
I mentioned this a little bit in my last post, but all too often in the past few years, I’ve started a lot of posts that never go published.
RUN MORE (CONSISTENTLY)
That sounds like overstating the obvious, but despite returning from horrible injuries this year, I’ve remained inconsistent with my running.
I’ll string together a couple of good months, then I’ll have a bad month. Or I just fall a few miles short of my goals. Or I just don’t feel like running.
October was a good month after a really bad September (which was after a decent July and August.)
If I don’t step it up in November and December, then I will be a horrible failure at training for a marathon.
BUY MORE CLOTHES
So many of my running clothes are OLD. I went through my winter clothes today and realized that so much of what I have is several years old. That’s not a necessarily bad thing - much of my apparel has held up well, but I’m due for some new running gear later this year and into early next year.
And NO, this isn’t all about “more, more, more.” There are some things I want to focus on doing less of:
LESS EATING CRAPPY FOODS
Actually, this has been a work in progress for the past month and a half. I’ve eaten a lot better lately - more salads at lunch, a daily smoothie and less sweets. But I know that work remains, so now’s the perfect time to refocus on a few things that have slipped a little bit.
LESS WORRYING ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE
When it comes to blog posts that didn’t make it out of draft, I have a long one still sitting on my phone about why I don’t care about what other people think about my training and why I’m tired of cliche comments.
It just doesn’t sound very nice, and I don’t really mean it the way it’s written right now. I’ll just leave it at that for now.
LESS OVERTHINKING THINGS
This kind of falls in line with the “Blog More” idea from above. In the past few years of running into and through injuries, I have found myself overthinking and overanalyzing too many things. I’ve tried to flip the switch of “running just to run,” but something doesn’t work with that. But at the same time, I haven’t really wanted to train for anything.
Now, though, everything just feels different, mentally. If I can get my mind right now, the physical part of marathon training will be so much easier.
I wrote at the beginning of the year that 2018 was all about improving my state of mind, and it’s taken 10 months to finally feel like that state is in a good place, so here’s to knocking out the final two months of the year strong!