Spring Training: Sustained Motivation and the Final Push

Training for a long-distance race takes sustained motivation. For example, my “go-to” training plans prescribe four months of structured effort for the half marathon; six months for the full.  That is a long time to pursue ever-increasing commitments of time, sweat, and sometimes tears.   A few years ago, I wrote the following article for our Galloway training class.  I trust that key messages are timeless and might also apply to you. (more…)

Spring Training: Some Reasons Why We Don’t Run


I find the dynamics of Yin and Yang apply in many aspects of life. The following excerpt from the Tao de Ching points to the dynamics of opposing forces.  The interplay of yin and yang sets the stage for asking why we don’t run, despite the many benefits of doing so. (more…)

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…)

The Training Plan: Training for What?

Last time, I shared the experience of shifting New Year’s resolutions from a focus on goal races to commitments surrounding mindset and attitude.  The topic continues today with a somewhat different take on the concept of training.