I’ve had some big lows this year, due to difficult times in the financial planning industry. The brain use and related insomnia was exhausting.
I’ve had to cut back a lot of running, and haven’t entered races. Haven’t done any big runs since early in the year. But running a few 5-10 km a week has been sustainable, and kept me my positivity.
We had an amazing speaker at our run club social night, Julian Spence (ran #39 in the world in the marathon at Doha in the world championship in October). He talked about his run club, which includes Steve Monaghetti who won silver in the Olympics.
Julian Spence talked about how so many runners accelerate their training too quickly, and about how football, part of his early career, is not very healthy and has too much drinking.
He said to focus on the long goal, of running regularly and sustainably with your run club mates for years and years, to stay healthy and happy
This helps with recognising when to take breaks and ward off impending chronic injuries.
I’m not saying this is going to get us to the world championships too!
It makes me treasure the love of running, my running friends, and my positivity. I’d rather have those than medals any day.