I have been now running for the last 9 years and simply love starting every day with a run.
‘The point is whether or not I improved over yesterday. In long distance running the only opponent you have to beat is yourself, the way you used to be’ – Haruki Murakami.
The human body is capable of immense feats, but one needs to progress gradually, incrementally increasing the stress load with periodic rest phases. Regular interval training helps. Since running is an impact sport, one has to be careful in terms of increasing mileage too abruptly.
A runner also needs to complement his cardio or runs with strength, flexibility and balance. A regular gym and yoga regimen is of great help to long distance runners.
I have always felt a Zen like happiness to long distance running that can only be felt, not described. Here’s to running long and running injury free. As Murakimi says in his book : ‘Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional’. Keep running.