As we approach the last few major fall races in our region, I want to call attention to a phrase I repeat frequently in both my writing and coaching. “Run well” is a reminder our experience is about more than a time reflected on the race clock, and “well” does not equate to “fast.”
To run well is to get into a flow state. To run well is to remain present, absorbed in the experience. To run well is to find poetry in motion, moving with ecstatic joyfulness.
If you run well, you will also run quickly. You will recognize sustainable, measurable progress while staying healthy and feeling fulfilled. During your next race, try to forget objective external metrics and focus instead on the subjective experience. You’ll be surprised by what can happen.
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