When Body Says No: The Courage to Stop

Today I am mulling over two phrases that float around the running community: “The Courage to Start.” and “Listen to your Body.”  We are urged to overcome our reticence, lace up our shoes, and bravely head out the door.  If we tweak our approach from time to time with the body’s gentle counsel, there is nothing we can’t achieve.  We don’t talk about the alternative: the courage to stop. (more…)

Spring Training:  Fueling the Fire

 This month we are writing about the cycle of training that often shapes our running this time of year.  The process of setting goals, making plans, taking small steps, monitoring progress, and adjusting to setbacks has its own energy.  However, sometimes the energy flickers and we add a log to the fire.  A good read can provide the boost when we need one. (more…)

Coming Back: Mirror Neurons

I am writing on Earth Day weekend, surrounded by messages that applaud the role of science in understanding ourselves and our universe.  I have long been a science junkie, admittedly on an amateur scale.  Botany and geology were favorite “fun” classes that I took while majoring in other subjects. In recent years, I have been swept up in the findings of neuroscience about structure and function in the human brain. (more…)

Coming Back: A Deeper Look

Setbacks are a fact of life.  The path from here to there is seldom smooth or straight.  I recently wrote about several recent examples from personal experience.  An ankle succumbed to overuse and triggered a months-long gap in my running. A new laptop with glitches that, after months of struggle, ended in transition to a different brand.  Computer issues disrupted my writing and confused the muse who normally inspires this blog. These setbacks, though minor on a cosmic scale, illustrate the value of cultivating resilience.  We are called upon daily to cope with unplanned and often unwelcome change.