Running longer and faster… a few thoughts…

What is pain? Baby, don’t hurt me… don’t hurt me…no more..

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What is pain?

Good start for the day seems to be those predawn runs in a quiet city. When the body had approximately 10 minutes max from the moment it stopped the clock ringing, get into those running gears and hit the pavement. When the only people you meet are either those closing the night-clubs or the guys cleaning the roads.When you probably disturb the rabbits in the park and wake up the dogs in the gardens.

You might feel far from at ease with your eyes trying to adapt to the light (during summer) or the darkness AND the (city) lights (during winter).

All this is just the greatest way of starting the day. Any day. Slow recovery run, while just setting one foot in front of the other. Interval workout, as shocking your body with a pace you would probably would not even dream of. Long run, letting you see the sun going up slowly and completing it with the greatest hunger ever for a well deserved breakfast. Follow it with a bit of body strength exercises. No need to build up those crazy muscles. Just take advantage of your body being warm and ready for a little bit more exercise. Yes, those workouts which always seem to be cumbersome but for which it feels so good when they were done.

Pain is always around. Might come physically during any moment of your run. A cramp, an ache. But can also be mental. Can I really do one more? This pace seems crazy fast, has anyone in Earth ever run this fast? D*mn, more rain and the music went off – and still 10km home – what am I really doing here? … Whatever shape it may take, pain is inevitable. Yapp. But the greatest gift everyone had is to actually push the limit when it will appear. To actually postpone it or even vanquish it. All is a question of training. And no. It ain’t easy nor simple. And yes. This is feasible. Because after all, we are runners. We are able to outrun the sun. We are running on ice in the pôle. We are fighting against the heat in the deserts. We are getting up early to get this training done.

So just do it. Go for it. Embrace it. Accept it. Recognise it is there… because it will then diminish… No no no, it won’t disappear. Probably change into a new shape. But it is a part of you. Be smart. You are always better than this…

Run happy!

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