Limit pulse, cotton feet, sweat stream, fire lungs and "reasonable" thoughts: why the hell are you running, how much can you force yourself, who and what are you trying to prove, Vova? And all this at a ridiculous mark of 10 km - soon after it I just got into the taste and started to have fun. Now 10 km were given to me with a terrible scratch.
I did not run a month after the big toe fracture on football. When this happened, most of all I was upset because of the Moscow marathon, which I'm going to run in September. A month of gypsum and lack of training put at risk the possibility of a good result. The last marathon in Berlin, I ran for 3 hours and 50 minutes. In Moscow, set a goal - "run out" of 3.30. Two months before the break I ran volumes. I brought the monthly mileage to 300. And now you need to start all over again.
Why run ?! Why run for 2-3 hours almost every day? Why not just 30 minutes of running for health?
Dozens of times I was asked this question by friends, thousands of times I asked it myself. Especially when the forces end, the temperature is 35 degrees, you are running the second hour along the Volga steppe, you are still waiting for the reverse ten-kilometer.Or at a marathon in Berlin after the 38th kilometer, when the brain refuses to accept what is happening, the eyes cloud with haze, to the left and right of you fall hefty muzhiks, someone is provided with medical help, and someone just quietly descends from a distance. And you run and run, and now the Brandenburg Gate, and ahead of another 195 meters - and they are the most terrible.
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I do not have a clear and clear answer to the question of why I'm running. In dozens of articles and books about running you can find a suitable person for you personally. And about the health benefits, and about the pleasure of endorphins, and about meditation, searching for yourself and much more.
Personally, I started running a couple of years ago when I stopped smoking. First, while you run, you do not want to smoke at all, and you do not want to smoke an hour before and one hour after. In addition, I wanted to quickly cleanse my body of the effects of twenty-five years of tobacco use.
Friends gave birth to a cardiac sensor to the phone - you can watch the pulse during the run (as it turned out, this is the most important for proper training), distance, own speed and so on. And after a month of running, I was surprised to find that I ran 12 km unthinkable for me. Memory kept the horrors of the march-throws at military gatherings and races in the sports camp.I was sure that I could not do it. That running is boring, tedious, hard, not reckless and not romantic. The verdict: running is not for me. Let others run, the guys are stronger and simpler. So I thought.
These 12 km did not fit into my picture of the world.
I started to take an interest in running, reading, took some lessons from a professional coach, bought good equipment, began to train properly and after a couple of months ran my first half marathon 21.1 km with a good result for my age. Running was easy and at times pleasant!
Suddenly I realized that I, the all-knowing intellectual, were guided by primitive stereotypes about the limitations of my own abilities, which tightly confused the brain. The brain, in turn, keeps the body in strict control and does not allow it to develop. The reverse process also works. If I "believe" in my limitations, then this faith works on all levels: physical, mental, and spiritual. It was the cage into which I put myself.
I wanted to get out of the cage! But one thing to understand the head, the other - to believe and take concrete steps. The brain required proof. I accepted the challenge. I needed to surprise myself! And I thought about the marathon.
Marathon runners were crazy for me from the TV, I never checked their competitions. It's not about me. Never!
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Excellent! Decision is made! I realized that when I run a marathon, I can believe in the limitlessness of my abilities. It will escape from the cage.
Six months was spent on training. I began to pay attention to what and when I eat. It turned out that food affects the running results. It would seem that running takes a lot of time. But the paradoxical image of time was growing. I began to have more time and more productive spending the day, not to mention energy, vitality and a good mood.
Running became a temporary axis, on which events, events, meetings, people, opportunities were being hammered. It turned out that on the run the most innovative ideas came to me. The main thing is to have time to write them down. It turned out that you can meditate on the run, you can enjoy nature, you can more effectively get acquainted with foreign cities, take photos, listen to music, audiobooks, and chat on the phone.
I can not run like this. It is important for me that there is a purpose. Even if conditional. For example, "run out" a marathon from 3.30.By and large, it does not matter whether I can or not, but as long as I strive for the goal - I'm moving. And running, like a tractor, drags my life with me.
Running is a model of life. And it has not only pleasures. This is an existential challenge, a test. When there is no strength and the body yells for mercy, the space suddenly starts to help, it becomes easy to run further. Running helps to be sensitive to the signals of your own body and, although rarely, but to exercise sanity when you need to slow down your speed to get your heart beat or rest. That is, jogging is a way of knowing both oneself and the world.
There is another important motive. I can not accept the tradition prevalent in modern cities to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars for playing sports in fitness centers. And running is a conditionally free sport. A pair of good sneakers and go!
When I returned with a run, I was waiting for an incredible surprise at home - turned on the hot water! What else is needed for happiness?
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Vladimir Dashevsky, psychotherapist, coach
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