Every morning in Africa, an antelope wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion, or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest antelope, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're the lion or an antelope -- when the sun comes up, you'd better be running. -African proverb

Monday, August 1, 2011

Training for Life

I love to race, so I usually have a few races on the calendar or at least on my running radar.  But even if I am not training for a specific race, I am still training.  Training for life.  When I was running my 100 mile week, people often asked what I was training for.  I told them that I was training to turn 40! (The 100th mile was completed on my 40th birthday.)  Not only does running keep you physically prepared for whatever life throws at you, but you also get the added bonus of mental and emotional training.  It seems like my running friends and I are always solving the world's problems as we run!

Kristin Armstrong mentions something similar in her book, Mile Markers, when she quotes Oswald Chambers, "Preparation is not suddenly accomplished, it is a process steadily maintained."

There is no "done" when it comes to running.  I do like to follow a training plan for specific races, but I am always going to be running and training for life. 

1 comment:

  1. I completely agree with your view on training and the benefits. A morning run sets the tone for the day - physically, mentally, and even spiritually.