During our weekend away to the lake house over Labor Day weekend, we had such a blast. Even in doing the simplest of things together. Those things just felt better, more amazing, more special, because we were out of our normal “at home” routine, we were much more disconnected than ever (except for the occasional tweet or FB status update!), and it was just what we needed.
As part of that disconnected/weekend away, we went out on a couple of rundates. Our last two runs of the season at the lake house and we wanted to make the most of them. Nothing fancy. Just an out and back loop that’s roughly 5 miles. But it’s just different there. Surrounded by gigantic trees, the scent of pine mixed in with whiffs here and there of the lake water, and total peace and quiet.
As I’ve always said, one of the things I love about our runs together is that we often have some of the best conversations when we run. And this weekend’s rundates were no different. In particular, Scott made a brilliant point – one that I am giving him ample credit for because I didn’t see it, not from a million miles away.
He simply told me this:
Use the focus you put into barre n9ne, that need to stay present when at the barre to maintain good form and to breathe through the tough moments, and put that into the final stretch of each run. Don’t zone out. Not during the first leg and the last leg of your run. Use that focus to push a little harder, trust your body a little bit more, to run present. To get there and stay there.
Hmm. He makes an amazing point – on staying “there.
I gravitate towards running because it’s totally my “me” time – I’m often one with my thoughts throughout our runs together, even when we’re chatting away, my thoughts wander throughout our conversation, throughout each run. I take in the sights around me, I enjoy feeling my body working hard, but I’m definitely not staying “there” when it’s time to kick it harder, to run just a little bit faster, to enact change in my running pace and style.
This is an entirely new concept to me.
I use that same focus during barre n9ne – to make sure I’m keeping proper form (SO important in this class), to make sure I’m pushing myself to stay in those poses for as long as possible, to never give up.
So why have I never thought to apply that same focus to running?
I think it scares me a little bit- staying “there” when the going gets tough with running. But you know what? It’s time to stay “there” when I run. Even if it scares me a little bit.
Just like the mantra on those awesome Lululemon bags say: Do one thing that scares you everyday.
Why not let that be staying “there” when I run? That’s the kind of “scary thing” I can get behind…