Friday Five – Five Fitness Truths

Welcome to the Friday Five Linkup, hosted by my blog buds/local tweeps
Cynthia at You Signed Up for What?!,
Courtney at EatPrayRunDC and
Mar at Mar on the Run.
This week’s theme is “5 Fitness Truths”.  Make sure to stop by their blogs for their picks and hop along to the other bloggers in the linkup, featured at the bottom of their pages.

My truths are about running…note these are truths for me – your mileage may vary and your truths may be different.

  1. Over time, running does get easier in some ways, but harder in others. Having to start over or knowing when to stop are hard.
  2. The non-running stuff that enables you to run and run well – strength, stretching/flexibility, rolling/massaging with tools, nutrition, cross training, mind training – MATTERS. A LOT. Sometimes more than the running itself. Ask Meb. Ask any previously injured runner, Masters runner, or someone who’s reached a big goal like BQing or achieving a huge PR (I fall into all of those categories). But all the essential “extras” take a huge amount of time, effort, discipline, consistency and dedication. It’s a thousand decisions a day, every day. Habits make it easier, but it can be tiring and overwhelming. It requires keeping your eyes on the long-term goal.
  3. Running gives more than it takes, but sometimes it will take all you can give, and more than you think you have.
  4. It’s very hard to stay on the “right” side of that red line that separates pushing yourself from going too far.
  5. It’s all worth it.

Five bonus truths:

  • Sport-specific fitness is no joke. Take a runner (ahem) and put her in the pool to swim, or on a bike, or have her lift weights and it could feel to her like she’s never worked out at all. Cross-training helps, but your primary sport is still your primary sport, and you’re likely to be less good at other ones. And that’s okay.
  • For your own sanity/happiness, be willing to say “that’s just not my thing”. Find activities/sports you like instead of those you think you should like.
  • Sometimes you really DO need a day off.
  • Some days, you’ll have to do less than you planned or wanted and be proud of yourself for getting any kind of activity in. Life happens.
  • Consistency and progress in the right direction matter more than perfection.

What’s one of your truths about running or fitness?