One of the joys of running, to me, is when a long run is unremarkable. Such simple joy happened yesterday. The schedule called for 14 miles. I ran 14. The miles were steady, I finished strong (running the last 1.3 miles, at a 9:24 pace) and could have gone longer. And it really wasn’t a big deal. Even the wind, overcast skies, and 42 degree drizzle didn’t matter. I just ran.
Which brings me to a fascinating blog post by my favorite marketing writer, Seth Godin. Here it is in its entirety:
Persistence isn't using the same tactics over and over. That's just annoying.
Persistence is having the same goal over and over.
Running teaches this. More specifically, running injuries teach this. I had some major issues with this in both early and late 2007. Right now, blogging buddies Sarah and Darrell both would love to have consistent unremarkable runs. And they will. Yet, they are both assessing their tactics to get there. The goal is consistent…the method is fluid.
And one of the cool things about blogging is telling and reading stories. We have much to learn from each other.
Persevere. On remarkable and unremarkable days.