My philosophy on running is that it is very simple. Running has always been simple, but people try to make it harder than it is. I always tell people I learned a lot from some great coaches, and every one of them had a different approach. The thing that always stuck with me is how they made you believe in their program. So after carefully looking at running through competitive eyes, I realized that I did not need to make it more difficult than it is.
I see running as a simple adventure that is different every day, but how much challenge you apply to it, is up to you. Running is always a challenge for almost everyone. It’s easy to sit there and say it not hard if you are always winning, or are light weight gliding through a run, or spend little energy out there. But how do you tell the one that struggles to move forward, it’s easy? You can’t, you have to make it simple!!!
So I look at it and say two things to every person that starts to run with me or even ask me what they should do.
First I tell them to set some sort of a goal; I don’t care how easy it is! If youreach goals that you feel confident with, you will try more and at the same time feel good doing it. This could even mean going out to walk run for 10 min. today. Most people set up goals that are way too high, and then they don’t hit them, and get discouraged. Challenge yourself more each time you hit some sort of success. Next I tell them keep it simple and “have fun”. This means that it’s a part of your life, but it’s not your JOB!!! If you did not run as fast as you wanted, who would know? If you did not run today, would you still have to work tomorrow, pay for your food, rent, and whatever else you wanted? So keep it simple, and keep it fun. Remember running is for you about you, and it’s something you can do anywhere No one can tell you how fast or how hard you can do it. You set the bar and the challenges that come with it.