Thursday, February 03, 2011

Why Continue Training

"We know that the effects of training are temporary. I cannot put fitness in the bank. If inactive, I will detrain faster than it took me to get in shape. And since my entire persona is influenced by my running program, the sedentary life will inexorably reduce my mental and emotional well-being.

So, I run each day to preserve the self I attained the day before. And coupled with this is the desire to secure the self yet to be. There can be no letup. If I do not run, I will eventually lose all I have gained--and my future with it."
Dr. George Sheehan wrote this in his last essay on running and it's a good explanation for why athletes continue training. This was published in Runner's World magazine and reminds me to keep pedaling.

My husband rides almost every day even on his rest days because he feels better physically and psychologically, and he sleeps better. I admire his devotion to training and although I may not always get up off the couch, it motivates me to see his diligence.

The long cold winter has the best of me right now but I am reminded to keep trying in order to preserve all that I've worked so hard to gain--my health and well-being.

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