The body can do amazing things
This weekly Tuesday post is being devoted to beginning running.
So if you experienced runners are now planning to excuse yourselves from reading here, please don’t. Supporting beginning runners is the privilege and responsibility of experienced runners, and this blog needs your abundance of ideas, training plans, advice, stories, and inspiration to support new runners.
But where does beginning running begin? How do experienced runners, who are some of the most helpful, wisest, and selfless people on earth, begin to pass along the wisdom of getting started running? Rather than start with a list of tips about how far, how fast, what shoes, stretching, form, hydration, injuries, racing, and so on, I think getting started running begins with something more foundational.
Above all the vast information to be learned about running, there is one timeless lesson about running that comes first. This lesson is uplifting and miraculous. It’s consistent and predictable. The number one lesson that I would share with a beginning runner is that the body can do amazing things!
The sports scientists call it the Law of Adaptation. When we apply an effort or a stress to our body, we’re creating new capacity and capability. Literally as soon as we finish a run, the body is already adapting to the stress and getting ready to recover and increase what it can do.
But in my mind—which is filled with every bias imaginable about running—the number one way we can advance the enjoyment and success of our sport is to help beginning runners with their mindset.
Whether beginning runners are embracing a new sport, managing stress, transforming a lifestyle away from inactivity, managing weight challenges, seeking new direction, or building confidence, (whew, that’s a mouthful), my first getting-started message is the same to all. The single-most important message I want beginning runners to understand and believe is the phenomenon that the running body can do amazing things!
While each of us would scoff at saying we’re impressed with our own running, I’d guess all of us deep down have been amazed with what our running bodies can achieve. That’s what we need to pass along to beginning runners.
Be sure to drop off some advice on Take It and Run Thursday.
Pay it forward with a beginning runner and assure them how much they can accomplish with their bodies and with their running.
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