Road Racing Is About Patience… Not Every Race Will Be Your Best

Road Racing

Road Racing is addictive – I get it, there is a reason why road races around the country made over $100,000,000 in total revenue last year.

We love racing but sometimes that comes without the proper buildup; maybe your friend talked you into it or you chose to run two marathons back to back… chances are you are not 100% prepared to run your best.

I’ve made that mistake at times – we used to think that the best way to train was to race yourself into shape but now we know that you have a finite number of hard efforts in a training cycle, be it mentally or physically… something has to give.

Success in road racing is about patience.

Sometimes racing too much can be detrimental to your confidence if you aren’t ready to roll – but racing can also be a good benchmark for your current training. Racing is a two way street and as a runner you must have perspective and you must have patience – there is a lot of experience that goes into knowing if it is a good time to race. That is where a good coach can be invaluable – knowing when you need a race to test fitness and knowing when it will kill your confidence or wear you down.

I tackled this very issue in one of my A Day In The Life videos:

 

– Justin

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Yoga is Breathing

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If you can breathe, then yoga is for you. Yes, that does mean absolutely everyone. Avoiding yoga by saying it’s not your thing or you tried it once is like saying that you’ve tried food and it just didn’t work out for you so you’ve decided not to eat. Yoga is merely connecting to your breathe and your body wholeheartedly. Every single day. Every single minute. Every single moment. In a simple seated twist or in a challenging backbend. And, yes, that is not a ‘mere’ feat. And how you get to that place will be different for everyone. The magic of yoga asanas (the physical postures) is that they are designed to take you to this place of connection. To unlock the mystery of what is holding you back. To release the pent up emotions. The ones that are much more subtle then the overt twins of anger and anxiety that can usually be fended off by a good, long run. Emotions like shame, self-doubt, and contempt. No wonder you avoid a yoga practice. It can feel super icky. And it’s not the hurts-so-good burn of lactic acid build-up during a spin class. This is down-and-dirty, how-can-I-ever-look-someone-in-the-eye-again, kind-of hurt. But then you stay with it, you don’t avoid it, you breathe through it, and suddenly you’ve moved into a different pose/place/time and all is effortless. You feel light and powerful and grateful.

0153_130502_SalmonberryYoga is not balancing on one arm while touching your toes to the top of your head. Yoga is not sitting in lotus for hours without moving a muscle. Yoga is not folding your sweaty self in half in a heated room. And, yet, if that is the yoga that works for you, then it is. Yoga is about viciously carving out time for yourself to work on yourself outside of the physical plane. It is the time you take to connect your body, mind, and spirit. The practice you do in order to sit with yourself and your breath in silence without wanting to bolt from the situation. Without wanting your current reality to be different. Yoga works on you energetically, emotionally, and spiritually. If you don’t buy that, it doesn’t mean that yoga is not for you, it only means you haven’t done enough yoga. You haven’t fully surrendered to the possibilities, to the potentiality of really doing yoga. This is a phenomenon that you can feel. It very visibly shows up in your life through the radical as well as the minute changes that occur once you commit to your practice.

I used to run a lot. I still do. Just not as much. Running felt wonderful and cathartic and, for awhile afterwards, I was at peace. But it was never sustainable. Quite easily I would find myself jolted out of the flow and into reactive mode. Practicing more asanas, more often, allowed me to finally sit in mediation and sustain the peace. For days and  even weeks. I’m still working on longer stretches of peaceful bliss and I always will be.