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Month: January 2017

Fifth pain turnaround program

Fifth pain turnaround program

Fifth pain turnaround program

One of my favorite self-made running programs is the “fifth pain turnaround program”. Last year I called it only the turnaround program but I felt something was missing so I added some pain 🙂 Don’t get me wrong, this program is for anyone and it’s not that painful. The benefit is that you will boost your self-confident by 200 percent. That’s a lot in running!

The program is like this. Free your agenda and start running, you don’t know where or how long. You feel great, what an adventure. Just you, your shoes and nature (if that is where you will run). After a while you will start noticing pain somewhere. Could be your shoulders or anywhere. Tired does not count as pain unfortunately. Okay, you have your first pain. After some time your second pain will appear. Could be tensed hamstring. Good my second pain, three to go. Just continue until you counted your fifth pain, then you stop running. You could wait for a while, a minuet or two then start running home again, the same way back.

Sounds crazy I know but the award is unbeatable. Imagine when you get home, you can say that you ran twice as long as you ever have done. You have been to hell and got back again. Normally you will be home once you reach your fifth pain but now you are the furthest away from home that you have ever been. Now you have to get back home. This is a mind opener. You can’t beat it. It does not matter how you get home as long as you don’t take a cab. You can walk, you can stop as much as you like. It does not matter. The reward is 200 percent. You will have stretched your mind by far. Once you do get home you realize that it was easier than what you have imagined.

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Your running will take a new turn after this and you will get an insight in the mind of a long distance runner. You will feel pain that is a fact, but the joy afterwards is outstanding, all pain aside. You will stretch your mind into new unknown territory. Scary for some, exciting for others. It does not matter which, your spirit and life wants you to stretch.

Listen to your body, run the furthest and collect your reward!

Going astray sometimes

Going astray sometimes

Going astray sometimes

Life teaches you to follow your heart but what happens if you’re going astray sometimes? What does going astray mean exactly? Astray is anything that pulls you away from your heart. This could mean anything in life, big or small. Say you wanted to run one day but you postponed it due to bad weather. Pretty common excuse but nevertheless it’s leading you astray in that sense. There is ridiculously many things leading you astray all the time. Who makes these rules of what you should or shouldn’t do? It’s the same answer as my other blog posts, unfortunately it’s you, but not to blame we are tought to listen and learn from others. We can’t blame others (whoever they might be) but we need to check with our intuition to verify if we should believe what we hear or learn to be true.

I read about Jemma Griffiths that she read in a guide-book one day that said, never look people in their eyes on the subway in New York. She was terrified to even look at people until one day that she realized it wasn’t true. How much damage has not this guide-book caused her and others like her. You want to believe that what you read is the truth. In this case the guide-book was leading her astray.

Who made up all the rules
We follow them like fools
Believe them to be true
Don’t care to think them throughThey – Jem (2004)

When I searched for synonyms of “astray” then I got words like: gone, lost, wandering or wrong. Pretty much all bad things. These are actually the same words that also describe the word sin that is used in religious context for violating God’s will. It’s also the same words that describes satan or the devil, that brings evil and temptation to humanity.

That really means that staying home being lazy and postponing my run would be a sin in religious terms, tempting you to not take action, not following your heart. There is only this short hesitation or leading you astray but not more than that, no hell waiting or nothing like that. What are waiting is a second chance, actually lots and lots of chances. But if you constantly choose to go astray then your life will be a living hell. Not doing what your heart wants hurts, physically. Every person goes astray multiple times per day even the most religious persons, that’s just life. That’s how we learn to listen to our intuition.

How often haven’t you felt something but acted on the opposite just to realized that it was wrong. Then you tell yourself, I KNEW IT! I should have acted on my first thought. Often we feel something at first then we analyze it with what we have learned and change our minds in the last minuet. As we are the captain of our ship then we must start trusting our inner compass called intuition. Last minuet changes might be right sometimes but only if you feel that something is wrong. So going astray, sin or devil actually means that you are not listening to your heart. Working with the wrong profession, not helping a person in need and things like that.

In running this will be your greatest tool and also in life. You have lots of chances to improve yourself. When you start realizing what is leading you astray then you can choose not to act on that. Just choose what you feel is right for you and if that doesn’t work out then make a change. Simple as that. I must agree though, threatening with a burning hell would have gotten me to run faster and more often. But sooner or later I would have realized just as Jemma that it wasn’t true.

Go for a run and trust yourself.

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