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Monday, September 28, 2009

T20MR Episode 21: Dealing with triggers, using a countdown timer, condolences


Episode 21 is in the books. We begin by sharing an update on how the week has gone. As of the end of this run, we managed to cover just over 20 miles for the week; next week should be back up to around 30 or a bit more. The short week is because I missed one run this week due to the busyness of life, something with which I'm sure you can identify. We also talk about the tendency to beat ourselves up when our training takes a brief detour. Three words: Don't do it. Get back with it the next time you are scheduled to run and let it go. Your program will not fail because you miss a run...or two. Just make sure to get back with it as soon as you can.

Sometimes, there are "triggers" that affect our performance or what we do in particular situations. Triggers can lead to downfalls, whether in training or life. Identify what triggers your times of struggle, name it, deal with it. Triggers are a part of addiction, whether it be drugs, relationships or a myriad of other things. When you name your trigger(s), you can better make sure that "A" does not lead to "B". Tell someone about that thing that causes you to struggle and let it go.

Are you running a Fall race? 5K, 10K? Half, or full marathon? Send me your report and share it with our listeners. Thanks to David for his recent half report and success on the race. Check out the Listener Race Reports Link to the left for his report. You, too can reach your running--and life--goals if you will practice discipline and give yourself time.

Betsey sent an email about how to begin an exercise program. We give some advice to her on how to do just that. Again, discipline and time are the main ingredients.

We close by discussing some new features I've identified on my GPS watch, including the countdown timer. This feature is very helpful and I hope to begin incorporating it in my speedwork. If your watch has the feature and you aren't using it, maybe you need to familiarize yourself with it. I am still learning. I also have prepared my split sheet for the half next month. I hope to break 1:50 (1:45 would be a best case scenario goal).

Finally, our condolences go out to Matt at Run Digger Run. He recently lost his dad after a long battle with cancer. My father died with lung cancer almost five years ago. Hang in there Matt; time will make things better...eventually. Check out episode 12 for our discussion on loss. I think it will be helpful to anyone experiencing loss, be it running or the death of a person close to you in your life.

So, episode 21 is a mixed bag, but I trust you will find it motivating and encouraging. Remember: we are all on this journey together. And as always,

Thanks for sharing some of the road with me,
The 20 Minute Runner

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