Saturday, June 16, 2018

Running lesson: honesty is the best policy, but lying gets you further

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Sometimes I go for a run and my feet are dragging, I'm bored and all I want to do is go home. Those are the days when senior citizens pass me by, as do toddlers on their tricycles. A little voice inside of me keeps whispering:

'Why don't you go home! Then you can eat that big mars bar. You know you want to!'

I know that little voice and it's kind of stupid

But I know that little voice and I know it's not too bright. So I say reassuringly: 'I'll just run to that tree over there, and thén we'll go home.' And once I've reached that tree I say: 'So, now I'll just run to that lovely tree over there, and then we'll call it quits.'

Lying and cheating my way from home

This way I lie and cheat my way fifteen minutes from home and then I whisper: 'Well, it'll take fifteen minutes to get home. We might as well run.' And since the stupid voice wants nothing more than to lie down on the couch it agrees. After all: running is faster than walking.

Running lesson

Although honesty is the best policy, sometimes lying gets your further.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Running is a mom's best friend

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One of the most important reasons for me to run is the way it makes me feel.

Although motherhood comes with its own rewards, the end result, a well adjusted adult, will only be visible eighteen years down the line.

That's a lot of time...

You have to invest

Just like it's impossible to run the New York Marathon on a day's notice, it's equally impossible to pick the fruits of your work as a mom on a day's notice. Both endeavors require a long time investment. And did I mention you have to invest?

Running offers instant gratification

So on the days when the children behave like, well little children, and I'm wondering if I'm doing a good enough job, when the current results are disappointing and the future is uncertain, running gives me instant gratification and a reward for a run well run.

I am running hear me roar!

While I'm running I think to myself: 'See me run! While other people are sitting at home, I'm running. I'm doing it! I'm interesting, I'm hanging in there, even though I would like to sit down, I don't.'

For a few moments I'm not a struggling mom, I'm a runner. And when I get home, I'm pleasantly tired and I know who I am again. I no longer feel like Bill Murray in Groundhog day.

Running is like a friend, who's alway there for me. I only have to go see him!

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Give yourself a break

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Because of the tropical heat break I missed two of my scheduled runs

Worriedly I logged into my training schedule, and was relieved to read that my goal to run 10 kilometers in 1 hour was still attainable.

It made me feel optimistic: apparently you cán be a slouch now and then without doing permanent damage to your goals.

The same thing goes for motherhood

And what goes for running, goes for motherhood. A bad day of motherhood, when the children are driving your crazy and you lose your temper, doesn't mean you've screwed them up for life. You can still attain that goal most moms strive for: happy and balanced children.

So give yourself a break when you're having a tough day.
Things that take a lifetime to create, can't be ruined by one bad day.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Teaching by example, even it hurts

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I'm quietly hoping to teach my children by example through my daily runs. I mean, having such a sporty mom, has got to mean something good for their education?


I want to give my children the present of running

I want to give them the present of running as a means to feel better, gain confidence and find balance. It's one of my better gifts, if I do say so myself. And it looks like I'll have to because nobody else does.

Is it working yet?

So one day I asked my eldest daughter hopefully:

'Hey Maartje, are you going to be as good and smart as mommy? You know, go running every day and all that?'
'No' she said decisively, 'because I think running is stupid.'

So I ran for half an hour to show her how well I deal with burning disappointment.

As a gift, you see.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Running motivation: why I don't listen to myself anymore

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Every morning when I wake up, I lie there bracing myself to get up.

And every morning I tell myself:

'Today I'm nót going to run. I don't wanna! And I don't have to. So I won't.'

I used to fight that voice.

That voice that said she didn't want to run. I tried to persuade her but it never worked. So in the end I just got out of bed thinking I was not going to run that day.

And then something good happened.

The magic of running

When I get up I have to walk down two flights of stairs, since our bedroom is in the attic. I make myself a sandwich and I start work on my blogs.

After about 45 minutes of this, the magic happens. I get this itchy feeling. A feeling that I want to go out for a run! This feeling makes it really easy to put on my running shoes and my running clothes and head on out.

This is why I don't listen to myself anymore

This is why I don't listen to myself anymore, when I tell myself I don't want to run that day. Because I know I don't need to.

In the end I will go for a run.

So now when that voice says, she's not going for a run I just say: 'Yeah yeah, I know. You're not going for a run. That's okay.'

Because I know it'll be alright.

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Power Song: the power of music!

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A power song is a song with a strong motivational power. Hence the name 'power song'!

So it only makes sense that a power song can come in quite useful during a run. If you're using the Nike+ iPod Sensor you can even program a Power Song to start playing in your hour of need. You know, that moment when all you want to do is stop running? Your power song is only one push on a little button away. And if it's a good power song, it will make you want to start moving again.

My favoriete power song

Mijn favorite power song is 'Is this the way to Amarillo?' But I also like Emmylou Harris's song 'I was born to run'. Whenever I hear it during a run, I feel I'm an embarassment to the song if I don't run. You can't be listening to 'I was born to run' and just wander about! So that always gets me running again.

My favourite part of this power song is: 'I was born to be fast, I was born to run.' I know the first few words are a big fat lie when it comes to my running prowess, but I don't care. It makes me wanna run!

Power Song: use the power of music

The power of a power songs lies in the power of music. Research has shown that music has a powerful effect on running. Here are some of the results:

  • Music makes you faster

  • Running while listening to music is easier than running without music. Because music takes your mind off of your left brain's messages: 'Why are you running! Stop! For the love of God!'

  • Happy music makes you feel better, and that makes running feel better. So don't you go listening to Mozarts requiem during a run!

It wouldn't be fair nót to admit running while listening to music also has some drawbacks. You're less aware of your body and surroundings, while listening to music. So the great advantage of running with music, is also the big drawback. It all depends on your perspective.

Power Song: not every runner's cup of tea

Power songs do not have a powerful effect on all runners! It depends on the kind of runner you are. Associative runners won't benefit from a power song. They focus on their body. Music would only get in the way of that. But your average runner is a disassociative runner, and uses music to distract and motivate herself.

What's your power song? What song compells you to move?!