This One Time… At Running Camp

this one time... at running camp...Last weekend I had the privilege to be a guide at the Leadville 100 Trail Run Running Camp as well as sit on a panel of experts answering questions and it may be the best weekend of my entire summer this year. It reminded me of the line from the old movie, American Pie but instead of band camp… This one time… At running Camp…

This One Time … At Running Camp

Many of the people attending the camp will be trying to run the Leadville 100 for their first time, eight weeks from now. For some of them it might be their 2nd or 3rd attempt and that is why they attended the camp, to increase their odds of finishing.

And as I said, I had a blast helping out. I got to do my two favorite things in the world that weekend… help and run, and helping runners run? AWESOME!

But there are two principles that I stressed to nearly everyone that I talked to that will not only help them to get through that grueling event, but will also help them to achieve anything else in life that they may set out to do.

The first one is that you have to hold back. That in order to go faster in the race you must initially go slower. The same applies to our goals and anything else that we may set out to do. Pacing is very important. How many times have you started something, ended up going “all in” too early, and then burned yourself out?

Take action, plan your action, but measure the rate at which you apply that action so that you can observe the naturally occurring feedback of the process to gauge whether you need to adjust or not.

My best time ever running the Leadville Trail 100 Run coincidentally was the “easiest” that I had ever ran it… go slower to faster.

The second thing that I stressed to all of the runners, not just about the race, but about the entire weekend as well was to have fun. Life is to be enjoyed, we are here to be happy, and what good is it to achieve something if we are not having fun and enjoying the process along the way?

I look at it this way… I am never going to win a 100 mile race and nobody is paying me to do it so I might as well have as much fun as I can, right?

Enjoy the process…

As I said, the weekend was a complete joy for me and all week I have been talking about it and pretty much everything out of my mouth is preceded by my saying, “this one time… at running camp…” It’s a little funny in a way.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful 4th of July weekend, be safe, and I will be back to writing on Tuesday.

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – A Certified Life Coach In Aspen Colorado

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Photo By Andy Wooten 22 July 2011

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