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Friday, June 22, 2012

Why I'm running fast and injury free

As I sipped my pre-run coffee this morning and had my standard discussion with my body before heading out for a run, my body let me know today would be a rest day so I poured a second cup of coffee, relaxed on the couch and watched TV before showering and heading to work.  The point is you must learn and understand your body and that takes years and extremely focus and dedication but if you do it, the rewards are huge . . . injuries will be very few and very far between . . . 

As fate would have it, this is the quote I read this morning as I decided to take a rest day:

"As I get older, I know I can't keep the same intensity I had when I was 18. But I trust my strength and endurance and know it's there. So I swim less, but when I get into the water, my time is more focused. I choose what I do more carefully to make every exercise and training session count. "Natalie Coughlin, U.S. Olympic swimmer

You just can't continue to put the same level of stress and expectations on your body as you get older "BUT" you can and should demand and strive for excellence . . . nothing changes as you get older except the output but the work, dedication and consistency remands the same . . . or it should.  "Output," is nothing more than the by-product of hard work, dedication and striving toward your goals.  If you do that, the output is the output and you can't fail.  In fact, there's no such thing as failure only setbacks.  If you have goals and give your best to achieve those goals, you win every day in life . . . again, output is the output.


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