They don’t call me Turtlefast because I’m over here qualifying for Boston, it’s because I’m steady and I keep going strong. It’s taken me many years to realize that running isn’t about if I can run faster than YOU or that guy over there, or the one in the cute shorts. It’s about believing in yourself and your abilities. I’m not at the Olympics, I don’t have to come in first, my life doesn’t depend on if I win my age group, is it nice well ya sure who doesn’t like that, and HUGE props to those that achieve that. But for myself, that’s not my goal. I have 2 goals, make it to the start line and cross the finish line! I think if we keep our expectation low in running we tend to enjoy it more. I know, oxymoron right… enjoy running, only those crazy Maniacs do! Oh wait I’m one of those too J A wise coach once told me to “pull my head out my a$$” while running. You would be amazed how much better I see now!!!
TIP from Turtle:
Run like a tortoise. I swear this works! This sport isn’t about instant success or shortcuts. If you have patience, it all pays off in a huge way. Slow down your longer runs and keep a steady pace. Running slower for longer runs helps the stress on your body heal, think of it like the “active recovery” that helps facilitate the blood flow gently to the damaged muscle that need it the most. Slower running is your foundation, and you wouldn’t build a house without a foundation would you. There is a fine line though, too much “Tortoise” and you are looking at a performance plateaus. Just like too much “Hare” and you are looking at increased risk of injury or muscle aggravation. Ultimately training a bit like both will take your running to the next level.