Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Running Attitude

Years ago I was training with a running group in San Francisco and came across this coach named Jack Daniels. Yes, his name is really Jack Daniels. That alone made him stand out. I never saw or met Jack Daniels but every week, we would get an email with these awesome workouts. Turns out Jack Daniels really knew his stuff, and it is from him that I adopted my running attitude:

"Don't run as hard as you can. Run as fast as you can without straining."

The difference between running hard and running fast without strain is subtle to some, but clearly different to those who "get it". When I read this quote, dark clouds parted, the light came shining through, I heard angels singing and doves were flying everywhere, I think you get the point. Running as hard as you can will most likely lead to injuries, while running as fast as you can without strain will most likely result in fast and efficient running. If on every run, you only push a pace that is still smooth and strain-free, running will be fun, no matter how fast. And the only thing that should be hard is your breathing when you're doing those fartleks, hill repeats or track workouts. Find your running attitude this season.

7 comments:

Beth said...

LOVE IT! I certainly know the difference - it's just a matter of not crossing that line for me! :)

Jill Costantino said...

Great post!

Michelle Simmons said...

*This* is what I'm learning this year. I like the way you put it here... Problem is, I sort of like going as hard as I can. But I know this way is better. :)

Charisa said...

Smart coach! Our run coach always says to enjoy running and run as fast as you can with the least amount of effort. I love that approach!

Libby said...

love it! good point..... I've heard of jack daniels somewhere (and not just the whiskey)

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

Ditto what everyone else said! I used this advice on my run and it is freeing!!

Teresa said...

OMGosh!! I love this!!!! Stealing it, using it, applying it, eating it up!!

Thanks for the quote!!

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