I don't like 跑步 long distances.
I started out 跑步 cross-country in school at around 11 years old and, after a year or so, I'd had enough.
I went on to 跑 the 1500 meters on track, but I only did it because I was the best of the bunch at it in PE and the sports coach put me in. At the Borough Championships, however, I could only place fourth.
I could have been better, if I had trained, if I had joined a 跑步 club and improved my technique.
But it never crossed my mind to do that. I didn't like distance 跑步, middle or long. I found it boring. And where cross-country was concerned, it seemed like such an unnecessary sufferance.
Yet all these years later, as I am touching 40, I find myself 跑步 long distance again.
My brother is a keen 跑ner too, so he motivated me in the right direction.
The thing is, as I'm sure you well know, if you haven't 跑 a long distance in a long time, it is extremely difficult to get back into. You will suffer.
When I say long distances, I'm currently 跑步 around 2.5-5km each session, depending on how much time I have that day.
But the fact is, I still do not like 跑步 long distance. I feel much better suited to shorter distances, and more exhilarating sports like football or tennis.
Long-distance 跑步 brings with it a number of physical and mental obstacles, and overcoming each of them brings great reward. I hope these benefits will encourage you to 跑, too.
Even if you don't like 跑步, it continues to challenge you in a way that makes you want to go for a 跑.
I even look forward to a 跑, knowing that when I do start I won't particularly enjoy the physicality of it.
And here's the thing: you don't need to go out and 跑 5k or 10k. You don't even have to 跑 1k.
Just start by 跑步 a short distance and gradually increase it. There's nothing wrong with 跑步 a bit, stopping, and then 跑步 a bit more. Do what you can.
Running is meditative, but perhaps not in the same way for everyone. For me , my 跑s usually start with me traversing thought cycles 关于 work and life in general.
But as the 跑 becomes harder, my mind begins to slow down and focus on the trail. As more effort is required to keep my cadence, I settle into a meditative zone, my mind fairly still and in the moment. I find myself focussing on the very simple task of putting one foot in front of the other.
那's all I have to do. Suddenly life becomes very straight forward.
Quite often, at the end of a 跑, I sit for a while, or go for a light walk and just observe my surroundings.
There is peace and clarity of mind to be found after a 跑.
And the beauty of this is that you don't have to be a great 跑ner; you don't have to be fit. You can start now. Just 跑 as far as you can, and then stop, and then 跑 a bit longer if you want to. If not, then walk a bit more.
With 跑步, on the other hand, you can be very spontaneous. You can 跑 as and when you can.
Everyone has 15 minutes to schedule a 跑 three or four times a week. This is the goal you should aim for.
With 跑步 you can combine resistance exercises too. If you 跑 through a field or a park, or pass a playground on your route, you might choose to stop and do some press ups, sit ups, or even chin ups if there is a bar available. You can always do resistance exercises at home too.
A daily, or bi-daily 跑, is perfect 我的时间。
Make your 跑 “your thing”，您需要自己做的事情才能在所有职责，要求和义务之间创建一些急需的空间。
If you have an overactive mind, if you're someone who finds it difficult to settle down when you get into bed, or you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night and unable to get back to sleep, or perhaps you simply wake up way too early and still feel tired, 跑步 is going to improve your sleep health.
In terms of sleep, 跑步 is more than that, though.
Running in the evening helps put the day to bed. I like to look at my evening 跑 as 跑步 everything off, off my shoulders and off my mind. Any stress or problems that have arisen through the day, I am 跑步 them off and putting them to bed until tomorrow.
I'm not 跑步 away from them, but I will not allow them to hang around late into the evening and keep me thinking 关于 them all the way into bed.
跑步并不能使我免疫 猴子的心, but as someone who has always struggled to turn off the thought wheel at bedtime, 跑步 is a great way to expend that extra energy and empty the mind, which is certainly conducive to better sleep.
Over the year you 跑 through the seasons: you watch spring turn to summer and summer to autumn and autumn to winter.
Go find some quiet, scenic places to 跑. It will change your life.
Everyone always associates 跑步 with health and fitness, but something that doesn't always get mentioned is how 跑步 impacts on mood, which of course is a big part of health.
If you're feeling angry or uncomfortable 关于 a situation, or highly stressed or anxious, simply put on your 跑步 shoes and hit the trail.
It's a guaranteed mood improver. And not just that. Quite often I start out 跑步 with a problem in my mind, and within five minutes into the 跑 I have a perspective on this problem and a potential solution, which leads me onto my next point.
Many of the ideas for my blog posts come from my 跑s. Similarly, many ideas for my music projects and other areas of my life are inspired by thoughts I have on my 跑s, or in my warm down walk or contemplative sit down afterwards.
So if you're sitting at your computer wracking your brain trying to write an 文章, or you're a painter, poet, designer or artist of any kind struggling for ideas and inspiration, going for a 跑 will usually remedy this problem. And if it doesn't, you can guarantee you'll feel a whole lot better for it anyway.
My mind is a monster. It has a life of its own, which is fine, but it also tries to 跑 mine too. Keeping him in check is often a 24-hour job.
When I 跑, it's me against him…
我： So what? I can easily complete this 跑
他： You don't have to 跑 all the way
我： I'll 跑 even further
他： You're not built for long distance 跑步
他： Your legs haven't recovered from Tuesday's 跑
But there's something quite unique 关于 跑步, and once you start you begin to understand why some people end up making it a massive part of their lives.
People start out being able to 跑 just a couple of hundred meters and end up entering marathons not even a year or two later. Some people even go on to 跑 ultra marathons and beyond.
But let me just say this to finish: don't look at other 跑ners to find your inspiration. Don't compare yourself with other people, because you will probably just come up with comments in your head like
“I could never 跑 like that”.
“I'm not a good 跑ner”.
Running can help you with all these things. And as I've said twice already in this post: you DO NOT have to be good at 跑步, or fit. Those things will come in time, but right now they shouldn't be your focus.
If you want to try 跑步, then do it. Don't wait to get the perfect pair of trainers, or the latest fashionable shorts or leggings. If you have some old gear in your wardrobe, start with that.
Start a slow 跑 until you feel that you can't comfortably 跑 any further. Then walk a bit, and then 跑 some more if you can. With each 跑, increase the intensity a little bit more.
Naturally you will ease your way into it. Before you know it you will be 跑步 further than you thought you could. Once you make progress, you will want to buy a better pair of trainers, you will become more interested and start Googling tips to help you with your 跑步 posture and diet.
I cannot promise you that you will ever love 跑步. I really don't. There are other sports I would much rather be doing.
But 跑步 has this special way of teaching you so much 关于 yourself. It shapes not just your physical fitness, but also a disciplined, motivated mindset that will be of use in many different areas of your life.