"It takes patience to become the best runner you can be. Top athletes realize that running is a long-term sport. It is set up for people who value delayed gratification and who like hard-earned success." - Anthony Famiglietti (two-time Olympian & six-time national champion)This quote really hit home and I think a lot of runners can relate to it. Running does take a special kind of patience. A few definitions of the word include:
1. the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like.
2. an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay: to have patience with a slow learner.
3. quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care; diligence: to work with patience.
At one time or another, most runners will deal with pain, misfortune and annoyance of some type. We will grow restless over a nagging injury or the inability to break that time barrier that has been haunting us. But a runner who loves to run will want to be able to do it forever. Will wish that one day, they'll be lining up at the start of a race with people 40 or 50 years younger than them.
Running is a lifetime sport. It is something that, if done right, and with respect, can be done long into life. I don't know what lies ahead of me in life, but I do know that now that I have tasted the freedom, joy and sense of accomplishment that running has gifted me with, I know that I want to do run forever. Even though I have only run a few times this year due to injury, I have been gathering all the patience I have within me (and trying to acquire more each day) in order to make a stronger comeback. Last night I sat on the couch, watching TV with Woody and reading RW when out of no where I proclaimed to Woody (and myself) "I just want to race again! I just want to run again!" As much as I want to run, I have to hold myself back, be patient, and build slowly. My heart may not want to admit it, but my mind is convinced.
There are some super runners out there who seem to be able to run long and hard almost every day of the week. But for us mortals, that just isn't possible. Our muscles with ache and our bodies grow tired. And even though we love running, our minds may even check out every once in a while. If you push to hard, and get too restless, there is the danger of going too far and losing the precious gift we have of the ability to run. It may take a little longer than we'd prefer to hit that PR or to be able to a certain distance, but running is a gift. The freedom it allows us is a gift. Our responsibility is to be patient, listen to our bodies and give it what it needs to keep us running as long as possible. In the end, isn't that the most important thing? To keep this love affair with running going as long as we can?
Are you a patient runner?
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3x10 tricep extensions
3x10 tricep kickbacks
3x10 tricep dips
3x10 cable push downs
3x10 weighted side bends