A few weeks ago I decided to reach out to the running community and ask a simple question that I needed help answering. I posted the following question on the Go Run Australia Facebook page and could not believe the response that it got.
What is / was your #1 single, biggest challenge when you started running?
Now we’ve all been there as beginners, even some of the fastest runners you know probably began with those awkward, embarrassing first runs / walks and suffered from the same things that we do, but even with that in mind, i did not expect people of all experiences, shapes, sizes, abilities, ages to contribute to this debate. I don’t know what I expected to be honest, but certainly not the detail and emotive comment that I got back. The responses really shocked me in to action and I want to try and address the issues that were raised over the coming weeks and months in my blogs. My hope is that these blogs will be able to help a few people in their own running journey whether they are just getting started, starting again or are seasoned veterans.
Today I am going to address the issue of wanting to go longer, harder and faster every time you run. This topic was prompted by Ruby, who said...
"For me (the number one challenge..) was the idea that I had to go longer and harder and faster every time. As soon as I was fit enough to run for 20 minutes I'd push for 30, then 40 the next week and so on, unsurprisingly I got injured and fatigued and decided that was a sign I just wasn't meant to be a runner."