Keeping it flexible – body and mind.

“They say that being flexible as a runner is a good thing, and i’m definitely trying to be more so in body at least.  I think i’m pretty much there in my mind.”

Flexibility of the mind

This morning’s run posed quite the challenge. I wanted to get in a medium-long run, but that would have meant starting earlyish again. However, it happened to land on a day where I was on taxi duty both before work and after, so my usual running windows have been somewhat eroded.

“The only issue was that now my alarm was reading 4:30am.”

When i realised this last night, i first set my alarm to compensate for this and went to bed that much earlier as well. The only issue was that now my alarm was reading 4:30am. This would have allowed me to get up, run, get back and get ready for work, then get where I needed to go for 7:30am. However, I decided against the early alarm call on the basis that with the shortened amount of sleep, leading into a longish run would probably be more detrimental.

I also weighed up the need for this run against where I am in the training season – less than a week in. It’s really not a run to get caught up about. This is all in the knowledge that there’s a period of time coming up where i’ll be limited to runs much more fiercely that this for the space of about 10 days.

“I’m all for consistency is key, but don’t believe this means sticking 100% rigidly and refusing to move.”

The key thing for me here is how I reacted mentally knowing that i’d deviate from what I’d wanted and planned to do. Over previous years, I would still be searching for where I could squeeze this run in, but not doing this is something i’ve been working on. I was able to step back, asses how much it mattered in the long run and bring my mind to rest that, it’s not a big deal.

I’m all for consistency is key, but don’t believe this means sticking 100% rigidly and refusing to move. It’s more about the consistency of weeks building on weeks and months building into months. Every training session should get you to the next training session, and by forcing yourself into a run when you probably shouldn’t, you’re less likely to make it there.

Flexibility of the body

“I’ve really started to enjoy these weekly sessions, and can already feel the benefit of them as the sessions go by”

Something which has come out of today which I only remembered when getting to work, is that I was down to do Yoga today. This is a relatively new initiative brought in providing weekly classes to employees. I’ve really started to enjoy these weekly sessions, and can already feel the benefit of them as the sessions go by – for example, i’m much stronger in some of the balances, and feel a little bit more flexible overall.

After speaking with the instructor today, I think i’ll try to do some further Yoga work at home during the week, just to keep it going and make it a touch more regular.

They say that being flexible as a runner is a good thing, and i’m definitely trying to be more so in body at least.  I think i’m pretty much there in my mind. I’m happy with the positive way i embraced the possibility of missing a run, and am confident that i’ll continue to make correct responses which my body needs as the season goes on.

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