What if it was easy?

What if it was easy?

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What would it look like if you let it be easy?

All the time?

Not just on a short run, on a sunny day, when you’re well rested.

What if on every day, on every run you allowed it to be easy?

Or what if you just never let it be hard?

Is that even possible?

I had an especially difficult run this week.

It was just a normal, short jaunt through the neighborhood that happened to go south.  I was rushed for time, trying to run faster than my body wanted to run.  Focused on finishing.  Being somewhere else I needed to be.

It wasn’t fun.  It didn’t feel good.

I realized deep down I’m holding on to a belief that if it’s too easy, too often, I’ll be bored.  I want to be challenged.

To keep learning.  To grow.

Can I still do that if it’s not hard?  Is there some special number on the easy/hard scale I have hit for fulfillment?

What if it’s possible for it to be easy and still feel challenged? To allow growth even when it isn’t hard?  This is what it would like like for me:

  • I would stop keeping score.  I’d ditch the Garmin and eliminate my fixation with knowing exactly how fast I’m running at every second.  I’d work on increasing speed during speed runs and tempo runs.  The rest of the time, I’d let my body run at whatever pace it wants to run.
  • I’d allow enough time to enjoy the run, no matter how slow I felt like going.  I’d take the time to stretch when I was done.  I’d be honest with myself about how much time I needed and be willing to give myself a little extra just in case.
  • I’d take the time to explore new routes.  I’d let myself run down by the river more often.  Even if I have to drive to get there.  I’d make a commitment to find runs that inspire me.

I went to Target today and bought a $12 Timex so I could still track my progress (I’m not ready to go cold turkey).  This felt like a good compromise.  I went to the river and ran.  I had no place to be all day.  I only looked at my watch once or twice.  You know what – it felt kind of easy.  Most of all, it felt good.

I’d love to hear what it would look like for you if you let it be easy all the time.  In running and in life.  Share your comments below.

Photo by Mike Baird

Comments

  1. Kimberley Cassidy

    March 5, 2012

    I loved eading your book. I am beginner, I started running in 90 second interevals less than a year ago. I remember the day I bought my shoes and how proud I felt that I had made the decision to start, Ive struggled with weight loss my whole life, constantly obsessing over my looks and my self acceptance. I go to bootcamps, the gym and have just yesturday I ran my first 5K! The feeling of crossing the finish line was something no words can describe. Ialways run alone so i was very nervous to do this. I struggled out there, my breathing was off, my legs and hips were sore and i fought with my heart rate the whole time. I kept telling myself that we were doing this. I hope to get better and feel better the next time I try a run. When im alone at home, Im a champion. So strange. I finished 5 from the bottom with 47minutes. Definetly not a record breaker but what an accompishment for me!!! I didn’t know I had it in me. I loved what you wrote, I related to and learn s much. Thank you for that. I just joined the FB group and Im really looking forward to some more inspiration, I come from a family of marathon runners, crazy 33K runners who love and support me so it definetly helps. Ill take my help wherever I can get it.

  2. Christy

    March 5, 2012

    Kimberly -

    Glad you enjoyed the ebook! Good for you for getting out there. When I first started I did all my runs by myself. It was a challenge sometimes but also a gift. I learned so much about myself and how much I can do when I put my mind to it. I wasn’t always easy, but it was always worth it, in more ways than I can describe. Let me know how I can support you in your goals!

    Congrats on your run.

  3. Max Daniels

    March 28, 2012

    Christy, this question:

    What if you just never let it be hard?

    is so smart and so sneaky and so disruptive to my whole shtick I think I just might explode.

    How do you do that, anyway? How do you do that so easily? You are some kind of genius, sister.

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