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Drop the EGO and Slow Down


Saturday night I was on a long 25 mile run and had roughly 5 miles left when I had the pleasure of meeting a new friend who was in a state of boozie bliss. I’ve learned from dealing with intoxicated people in the past that there are usually only two ways this could turn out, 1. he was going to want to fight or 2. he was going to be my new best friend. Turns out there was a third option that night, as I began closing in on him he must of been inspired by my late night dedication and took off running. His initial surge quickly subsided and he pace slowed, and all of a sudden I found myself picking up my pace and 20 feet before passing him, he returned to walking. As I quickly passed still not sure how this night would turn out I gave him the universal runners head nod and in return he took his shirt off and gave me a “you think your better then me?” glare. I made it about 15 yards down the road when I was again joined by my new friend, after a few minutes of a nonsensical chat about running I knew there would be no fighting. But then out of nowhere I was filled with an overwhelming urge to show this poor drunk guy that I was a runner and I’m going to take him to the limit, maybe if this would of been a run less then 5 miles it would have been no big deal, but I was 20 miles in. Did I do the rational smart thing and just keep at my scheduled pace? NOPE!! So for the next mile and a half I’m giving this guy the business and feeling pretty good when all of a sudden he has the realization that he missed his turn and stops running turns around and walks away without another word shared between us. This is when I also realize I’m absolutely dying and I’m out of water and I’m still 3 plus miles from home, I slowly shuffle my way home wondering what I had just proven other then I was a complete moron….

What’s the point of this story?

There is a time and a place for pushing the envelope, most of the time training is not that place. Training is the base of the end goal, there has never been a medal waiting for me when I walked in the door. I know many of times wanting to speed up and pass someone faster just to “show’em” and in reality we have no idea who they are are what they are doing for training that day. What will you have to show for it? I hate being passed, but I had to get over it because I wanted and continue to strive to get better, and racing drunk guys at 10 o’clock at night doesn’t accomplish that. This need to run to your max in training isn’t specific to a new runner or a not so new one, its across the board. For new runners its usually that thing that derails the plan of running faster then anything, we either get defeated by the “forget it I can’t do this!” or worse injury. When if we just would of slowed down and realized that we are probably not Kenyan and its a process of building up. As for the seasoned runner it’s almost a bigger problem because habits are hard to break, and if mile stones have been reached why fix something that’s working. Ironically it’s not working at well as it could be, we see runners who train a ton but never show any improvements year after year, the most likely reason is they are stuck in a “grey zone” and what that means is that on prescribed hard days of training the effort isn’t hard enough, and on easy days the effort is to much and that I think has to do with ego. These specific efforts are crucial for improvement of the total race day outcome from building base to learning how to finish strong. At the end of the day I think we all need to understand the big picture of why we are putting in these efforts in the first place, it’s losing weight and getting heathy for some or setting a new PR for others. But mostly don’t race drunk guys, because they have superpowers and probably won’t remember the next day….

Slow is smooth and smooth is fast



17 thoughts on “Drop the EGO and Slow Down

  1. wow 25 mile distance day that’s great – never gone that far but know the struggle of keeping your long SLOW distance pace when you need to!

  2. I perk up and speed up for every passing car. (I’m all about ego.) Also, I can’t run that far! Hmmm. Good luck to you!

  3. Ugggh…I know this feeling. Never tried to outpace a drunk guy (that I know of), but when I was training for a tri many moons ago, I always felt the illogical urge outpace other swimmers while training. Your transformation is amazing! I lost 150 lbs (from 300 lbs to 150 lbs) in 2 years eating an 80/20 plant based diet, and cutting out gluten and most dairy. I look forward to reading more about your training.

  4. Yep, I know about that competitive thing while running. I spend most of my running time alone, then I get in a race and I try to find the balance between letting the excitement of running with hundreds, sometimes thousands, of other people set a faster pace for myself and not allowing the pace to be unsustainable. Running has taught me patience. My favourite thing to do in races is to begin near the back of the pack, then run along passing all those slowpokes at the back and slowly working my way through the crowd, picking an unsuspecting runner ahead of me and reeling them in. I’ve set myself some pretty great personal bests doing this! Anyway, keep up the great work and thanks for checking out my blog http://mostlyveganfun.wordpress.com/

    • I wish I had that mentality while racing, I’m a lets see who I can break in the first quarter of the race. Sometimes it works sometimes not so much….. Thanks for the comment and checking out Fat2Plant!!

  5. I’m more into cycling, but know this feeling well. The amount of times I’ve chased down a full-carbon rider on my very average bike almost killing myself, only to catch them and see that they’re cruising is getting silly. Trying to get into running and I’m sure I’ll be out chasing proper athletes and collapsing on the way – it’s just too tempting!

  6. Fat2plant, what a great analogy for life (and running). Thanks for checking out Straight, No Chaser!

  7. What’s amazing is that a drunk guy managed to run a mile and half! Not the moral of the story, but that in itself is shocking. Great post, love the message, and it’s very true.

  8. It’s all about intensity. I was like you forever, “if it ain’t broke and I can do it, I’m doin’ it!”. I’ve found out over the years, (and have fought like heck to not have it be true) you’ve gotta step back, rev up with HIIT training (calisthenics etc) and HIIT your runs to get more speed in your trunk. It takes a couple weeks to get into the groove, but once you do, you’ll fly! Then you won’t have to run for hours to get your fitness on. (You can if you want, but you won’t HAVE to, you can have fun doing other stuff too 🙂 )

  9. That’s why I really like running with my three dogs…. not many people mess with me! Unfortunately, I have similar instances with pushing my pace too hard because my dogs are way faster than me…. sigh 🙂

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