This year, one of my non-running goals is to read 50+ books.
Reading books is one of my most tried and true methods for learning, in all facets of my life, which is why it’s a priority for me once again in 2021.
I have several books I’m already looking forward to reading this year, as well as several books I’m looking forward to re-reading this year.
Who Rereads Books Multiple Times?
When it comes to reading fiction, especially any type of suspense or mystery type of book, once is probably good enough.
Once you know how the story is going to unfold, the thrill of reading the next chapter isn’t exactly the same.
But when it comes to reading non-fiction, and when the goal of reading the book is to learn something, once is almost assuredly not enough.
There are going to bits in the book that you miss the first time through. Sections that you gloss over because they don’t relate to you at the moment. And there are likely to be some powerful takeaways from the book that you’ve kind of forgotten about since your first read through, and a well timed reminder can be extremely beneficial.
We are only a couple of weeks into 2021, and I’m just finishing my first re-read of the year and am a little bit surprised at how much I’ve learned/re-learned/been reminded of from a book I first read a handful of years ago (and hadn’t picked up since).
Enough About You, How Does This Relate to Me?
That’s a fair question.
From where I sit, very few running (or life) lessons are learned the first time.
It doesn’t matter if it’s from a book, a podcast episode, an article, or any other source, very few of us don’t benefit from a little bit of a reminder once in awhile.
Additionally, just like I talked about a few paragraphs ago, situations are bound to change over your time in the sport.
As those changes happen, refreshing your memory and assessing your current situation is a good thing.
If you have a tendency to ignore/tune out information because you already have heard it/read it/know it, I can’t urge you more strongly to rethink this particular tendency.
I’m Refreshing Your Memory in Multiple Ways
I wish I could say that the Best Of-ish episodes and the constant hammering of building your base and running easy and strength training and doing the little things most of the time was me intentionally refreshing your memory.
As it turns out, it’s more of a happy coincidence.
I used to think that I kept “returning to the well” for the benefit of those of you that are new to my world, or to running in general, and had maybe never heard the message before.
But now that I think about it from a slightly different perspective. I think that there is as much, if not more, value for those of you that are refreshing your memory for the second (or 97th!) time as there is for those who are hearing the message for the first time.
Hopefully, that makes sense.
And maybe don’t roll your eyes the next time I start talking about heart rate training or the importance of building your base, eh?
Do You Ever Refresh Your Memory by Revisiting Familiar Topics?
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