Common sense is not always that common. In fact, many people seem to not have sense, or atleast some of the time. I am sure we have all been guilty at some point of doing or saying things that don’t make sense. The words ‘Good sense’ seemed like a much better choice of words when deciding on a title for my current thoughts on running. I try to make sure I use good sense in all my running and training decisions by listening to my body continuously.
I love to run. My love of running many times makes it harder to listen to what my body is telling me, but I do always listen because I know how vital it is. Listening to my body allows me to continue to enjoy running and that is what I remind myself of if necessary.
Running is also a great source of healing whatever may be on your mind. They say if you can’t find answers on your long run, you’re not getting any. I have come up with a list of good sense running advice for anyone who may be starting out, or maybe even seasoned runners who have hit a snag. I was chatting with a runner friend of mine the other day and he had said that he always gets blisters, his feet bleed, and he has even taken extreme measures, in my opinion, to actually cut off the front part of his sneakers to try to reduce or eliminate this problem. He is a very talented, experienced, knowledgeable and very nice person, but even though I am sure he knows much more than I do on certain things, our conversation reminded me of a fact of life that we all need to keep in mind. No matter what, no matter who you are, you can always learn something from anyone at anytime and many times in surprising ways and from unlikely people. Be open, always, to learning, daily, and from any and everyone. That ‘anyone’ does not have to be experienced or educated in that field either, necessarily, to have the answers you seek or for you to learn something, even if its what not to do. I believe many times we fall victim to believing that if someone has experience and education, than they must know everything and consequently if someone else does not have enough experience or education, they must not know what they are talking about. I am here to tell you that if you think that way, you are doing a grave disservice to yourself. We must always keep in mind that every single thing and person we encounter in any way, in person, in our reading, we can and should seek to find what we are supposed to be learning at that situation. When my friend told about his bloody feet after a run, I felt bad for him and said to him, ‘mine never bleed, but I’ve only run up to 37 miles so far, so I don’t know, but they also do not hurt’. I followed up by saying that I did initially have issues with my toes, feet and ankles and that my podiatrist used to know me well because of it, but that ever since I changed a few things, I have had zero issues and feel great. I told him that I found I needed a half size larger than the shoe size I had been wearing, and I switched brands in both my running shoes and socks and believe that it made a huge difference. I also mentioned that running form had been something I had been focusing on and believed that it was very important to keep good form, best of your ability. Great form takes time, and you can always make improvements or atleast make sure you don’t lose form when you get into the ‘zone’, or worse yet…loose good form when you get tired. It’s important to constantly do mental and physical checks throughout your run to make sure you stay in good form. The more you do it, the easier and more second nature it will become.
I find many things in life need a ‘good sense’ approach, especially when it is something that you may find easy or something you have been doing for a long time, because that is exactly when we settle into comfort zones that potentially are dangerous. Comfort can be dangerous if it leads you to poor form or shoes that are too small, or some other issue that you may not even be aware of that is negatively effecting your running.
Always seek to learn. Analyze what you are doing and see if there is anything you can do to improve it. Even seasoned athletes need to keep learning so that they can keep growing in their fitness to feel fit forever.