Why Do You Run?: Training Log

During the week I was asked why I run. It was good timing for the question. We can all benefit from being asked this. Take a moment and ask yourself why do you run?

During the week I was asked why I run. It was good timing for the question. We can all benefit from being asked this. Take a moment and ask yourself why do you run?

 

Training Week

 

Before I share my answer, let’s take a look at the training week.

 

  • 40min form work
  • off
  • off
  • off
  • Long Run 2:15 (21km)
  • Regeneration 40min
  • Easy 70min

Total 45km

 

Last week was a flat week of running. I really wasn’t feeling it. My body didn’t feel right. There was a lack of power in my legs. My heart rates were way out compared to usual. Often shooting excessively high for a low workload. Something was up.

 

I took a few days off running to let my body balance back out. This seemed to help a lot. I have my suspicions as to the problem. The answer is worth a post all it’s own. There’s a few things to work on before I do write that up.

 

Why Do You Run?

 

Thank you to Matt from Fractel Performance Caps for asking me why I run at the right time.

 

[WhyWeRunWednesday] with Jason Montfort ( @jason_monty ). 🏃🏽‍♂️🏃🏽‍♂️🏃🏽‍♂️ Jason is a man full of running wisdom and a chaser of moments. With the @rapidascent Surf Coast Century event coming up, he is stringing together some solid training weeks and documenting his journey through his online blog runningalive.com. ✖️ Here is what Jason had to say when we asked him ‘why’ you run… 👉 “How I started: I wasn’t fast when I was a kid. But I enjoyed running. Gradually I discovered I could just keep going and cover distances others didn’t try. Out of high school in 1996 I started entering fun runs. That led to the Melbourne Marathon in 1997. From there it has been years of running and triathlons and more running. Why I run: There is a feeling I chase. I could be satisfied with everything I get out of the rest of my life. I could be. Knowing there is more, means I’m not. So I chase moments. Those moments where all the noise is stripped away. Those moments where it feels impossible. Those moments where time is distorted. Those moments where I am broken down to my core. This is when I feel absolutely alive. These moments push everything out of my head and I am left with being present only in the moment. It is in this interplay between failure and achievement that something happens. Everything is enhanced. I usually discover I can get more out of myself than I believed. In short, I feel alive.”🙏🏼 It’s great to be reminded how raw the simplicity of running is, and the moments it creates whether you are out there solo or with a group. Thanks again for sharing Jason and all the best with what’s to come! #whywerun #fractelrunning

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It was clear I wasn’t fast when I was a kid. In primary school races were short and I was a tail ender. I wanted to be quick, but it didn’t take too much enjoyment away. I still loved sport, even if I thought I wasn’t very good at it. I enjoyed running. Gradually I discovered I could just keep going and cover distances others didn’t try. This was the start of my running story.

 

Running added to my life. It provided a way to really feel alive.

 

There is a feeling I chase.

 

I chase moments.

 

Those moments where all the noise is stripped away.
Those moments where it feels impossible.
Those moments where time is distorted.
Those moments where I am broken down to my core.
This is when I feel absolutely alive.

 

These moments push everything out of my head and I am left with being present only in the moment. It is in this interplay between failure and achievement that something happens. Everything is enhanced. I usually discover I can get more out of myself than I believed. In short, I feel alive.

 

 

Your Turn

 

I’d love to hear why you run. Let me know in the comments.

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