As I’ve talked about a few times, at least, over the years, running isn’t always as straightforward as we might like.
The actual running part is relatively simple: right, left, right, left, rinse and repeat.
All the other things? The so-called “little things” that go along with our sport?
The Perfect Formula is a Myth
Strength training. Yoga. Sleep. Diet. Hydration. Foam rolling.
That’s just the tip of the little things iceberg.
It’s important for us as runners to try and do all the things that support our growth within the sport.
But when it comes down to it, it’s really hard to do all the things perfectly all the time.
So my advice? Stop trying.
The Weed Conundrum
If I may, here’s a bit of a story that may help illustrate the point I’m trying to make here.
I’m officially that guy that weeds his yard.
As I’ve been pulling weeds recently, I keep wrestling with the “right way” to rid my yard of the weeds.
Do I start in one area, pull all the weeds in that one area before moving to the next?
Do I pull the biggest weeds first, no matter where in the yard they have taken root?
Or just bounce around, pulling weeds willy-nilly, with no concrete method to the madness?
Near as I can tell, it doesn’t matter.
As long as weeds are being pulled consistently, I’m making progress toward my goal, right?
Back to Running and the Little Things
Back to the subject at hand, all the things that support your running.
What little things are the most important? Which can be a bit done a bit more intermittently? And are there any that you can just forget about completely?
I’m not going to pretend like it’s not important that you do all the things, because I believe it is.
But I think some of us can be a bit guilty of overthinking at times, and try too hard to crack the code of “perfect” instead of just doing.
Feeling a bit tight? Then do some extra yoga or foam rolling.
Go a bit harder on the strength training at some points of the year, back off a bit (but still do it!) at other points.
More cross-training. Less cross-training.
As long as you’re doing something, you’re helping to move yourself forward.
Just like me and my weeds.
No matter what strategy I’m following, I have fewer weeds in my yard every time I pull one.
If you consistently do all the things over time?
You’ll be healthier, fitter, and closer to your goals as a result.
How Consistently Do You Do All the Things?
Want to Support the Continued Growth & Production of the Show?
Check out the support page for ideas and suggestions of ways you can help me grow the show. And remember, not all support involves money. Some of the best ways you can show your support are 100% free.
Subscribe to the Show
Never miss another episode of the Diz Runs With podcast by subscribing to the show, and for my fellow Apple fans out there, it’s never been easier now that the podcast app is native on the new operating system. iPhone/iPod/iPad users click here. Android users click here. SoundCloud users click here.
Please Give Me Some Feedback!
Take the 6 question listener survey to help me shape the future of this podcast.
Register for a Free Race Training Plan
Join The Tribe!
There’s always room for more members of the tribe! Both the Facebook group and the email group provide opportunities that can’t be found anywhere else. The Facebook group is still small, but it is a great way to connect with fellow runners and foster community amongst like-minded individuals. The email group is THE way to stay up to date about future guests on the show, as well as getting some other freebies and offers that aren’t available to anyone else. If you’ve got questions about either/both, just let me know!