Life mirrors running.
To improve performance, a runner has to incorporate easy, moderate to hard runs into the running routine. Equally important is recovery time for repair, rebuild and strengthen.
Often, as a runner and a working adult, we neglect to set aside time for the body to rest and recuperate. Time-strapped, we are always in a hurry, a generation running against the clock, gravitating towards time saving tools; fastest internet speed, quick fix, one-stop solution and ways to cut short time. Filled to the brim with a never ending list of to-dos, emails to answer and places to get to, we over schedule and under commit. Constantly on the move, we are discontent, unhappy, and most likely highly strung. We whine, lament and refuse to settle for less. But nothing seems to be good enough. A conundrum.
We have the means to acquire, to travel and no time to pause, smell the proverbial roses or enjoy the fruits of our success. Case in point, have you ever noticed how pools at apartment complexes are always empty and balconies with fancy lounger sets are never occupied?
As crazy as it sounds, make time for down time. It’s perfectly fine to set goals and aspire for the highest peak. But in order to get there, we need to pause. Leave behind expectation. Cut yourself some slack. Be mindful. Focus on the now and the journey. Don’t be in a hurry to get to the finish line.