The Willingness to Slow Down
A few weeks ago, I accomplished a goal of mine, completing a 62 mile (100k) ultra-marathon. In the days following, I realized I was not as sore as I should have been. I realized that after running 62 miles consecutively I was very mobile, much more so than I ever expected. This was very strange to me because in the past I was more sore after completing much shorter races.
Prior to running this race, my goal was to run a 100 miler 6 weeks later. Now, just weeks after finishing the 62 miler, I am not so sure. I have done all the training to stay on track, but mentally, I am just not there. Perhaps it is doing two ultra-marathons 19 days apart. After discussing my next potential ultra-marathon with my family, I did not get the positive response as I had initially wished for. They all just looked at me with blank faces. Soon after, my loving and supportive wife spoke up and said, “maybe you should give your body a rest for a while.”
How do I slow down and take a step back from ultra- marathons, something that I have been training for and always thinking about the past few years? How do I slow down? I don’t really have the answer. I feel like a rudderless ship. Basically for the last 18 months, I have had a training schedule taped to my bathroom mirror. It is there every day staring back at me – forcing me to say yes or no to it each day. And for the last 18 months, I have said yes – not missing a day of training.
My family has been very encouraging, I am forever grateful of their support and willingness to stand by my side no matter how ludacris the distance may sound to them. They have encouraged me to run in half marathons, marathons and triathlons. For now, I believe I want to take their advice and give my mind and body a rest for a few months. I am excited to see where this new concept of “slowing down” will take me. “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. “For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.” Matthew 11:28-30