How would you complete that sentence?
In my early twenties I would have said something closer to “I workout so I can eat pizza.” No shame!
Then of course as I got more serious about running “I train so I can PR”.
It took a few more years of running for my mindset to shift away from a calorie goal or even a clock goal to a larger goal of feeling like I was doing my best. Some days my best is a slow plodding couple of miles, but other days it’s a glorious couple of hours where my body just seems to flow.Of course those glorious hours don’t happen by magic, they happen from training!
Last week my husband and I walked over 100 miles around Europe, plus biked 40 miles and I ran another 15 miles. None of that was training, it was just enjoying our lives. BUT training is what made it possible for us to get up day after day feeling good, excited and wanting to keep going just a bit more.
Is there a difference between working out and training?
Yes. Mindset.I train so I can enjoy running even more. Running is hard.
Running when you aren’t doing any sort of cross training is a recipe for disaster.
Running a race when you haven’t been putting in the miles is disappointing.
Running when you aren’t fueling your body well is a downward spiral.
Training is going in to each run with a focus and a goal, while working out is focusing mostly on the sweat for sake of the delicious meal you’ll be eating later. Doesn’t make one better than the other, but the mindset of training is far more enjoyable.
In training, we have a goal to work towards and instead of “having to workout”, we’re choosing to show up and get fitter with every session.
Why do you train?
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