The Ego and the BOP: Buddy Time

In the last few posts, I have been giving Ego a hard time.  I am not done yet.  In case you have any lingering doubts, I will say it one more time:  “The Ego is not our friend.” (more…)

The Ego and the BOP: Terrible Toos

A few days ago, I introduced the voice of ego and its impact on our self-evaluation as runners. The ego sees success in terms of competition, and it focuses on speed.  Back of the Pack runners are not appreciated.  Fast people rock, slow people suck; it’s as simple as that.

But no, it’s not. The ego plays an even more complex and destructive role when we allow it to.  It doesn’t limit itself to commenting on big events.  It can just as easily suck joy out of our sport in other ways. For example, the ego adopts unrealistic goals and training schedules that set us up for injury. (more…)

The Ego and the BOP: Defining Success

The last time, I wrote about some reasons to run, even when going faster and winning prizes are not realistic goals. Today I want to carry the same theme a little further. In particular, I want to hear what the ego says about our success. I want to listen, then challenge its point of view.

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Why Run When You Can’t Win?

Over the years, I have written a number of articles about running.  As I review the file folders for topics to explore on Run 4 Joy, I find recurring themes.  My reasons for running, despite a slow pace, re-appear from time to time. I must occasionally remind myself that getting faster isn’t the only legitimate motive for lacing up and heading out the door.  (more…)