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