It’s a thing: what would i do. #wwid
By wwid, I mean, take ownership for yourself and stop worrying about what other people are doing. Make the best choice and think “what would i do”.
Sometimes it’s hard to take responsibility for yourself. You feel as if you don’t know the correct path, but if you listen, silently to yourself, you would realize you know exactly what to do. Be patient, be mindful, take a deep breath and listen. You are wiser than you give yourself credit.
I have people ask me questions on how they should eat, train and race. I love giving my opinions, but I am not an expert on what will work best for you. I think it is wise to hear other people’s opinions and see if they work into your lifestyle or maybe an idea you have not thought of. Please keep the questions coming; I am happy to help.
Why I bring this up, is because I was dealing with a bum knee after my last 100 mile run. I had ambitions of running another 100 this year and to run the TNF 50 this coming weekend. My knee did not heal itself until just a few weeks ago, which has made it difficult to do the races I would have liked.
The body is smart and it is wise to listen. I see many people including myself push their bodies just a wee too much, resulting in injuries that take months or longer to get back. I would love to see less people get injured and enjoy the activities they love.
So instead of following what this person or that person is doing, listen to your body, experiment and see what works best for you. Maybe a paleo diet or fruit diet or running 200 miles a week works for some people, but before you decide to follow what so and so does, check in with yourself and listen to yourself. I think it’s great to get pointers from people who have had positive outcomes from ideas they have researched and tried out. But before you decide that’s how you are going to improve in your sport or health make sure it’s not giving you negative results.
I wanted to push myself back into shape and race this coming weekend. I decided to check in with myself and realized my body needed more rest. I’m definitely bummed I’m not going to be at the starting line for a super competitive race, but I run for true happiness, to feel alive and there is many more chances to race.
Instead I will be going for a run with my wife, not worrying about time, but living in the moment and enjoying the day. I’m excited to still take part in The North Face event, running the 50k and still getting to celebrate the day with all of my ultra running family. It will be a pleasure to enjoy the trails with you all.
My hope is that people can become more conscious, mindful and body aware. The more you understand what works for you the more you can enjoy life and be happy! Lets all be self-aware, think #wwid, thank the volunteers, encourage all the runners, and celebrate the day.
Videography by Bob & Debbie Loomis.