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7 Secrets Known Only To Runners

7 Secrets Known Only To Runners

Everyone knows about the runner’s high – that happy state of being you get from the endorphins while you run. But not everyone knows the other secrets known only to runners. This is what really keeps us coming back for more.

Freedom

Runners know a feeling of freedom that non-runners don’t understand. When it’s just you, your footsteps, heartbeat and the wind in your face, you feel free. It is like a state of meditation.

Appreciation of nature

Trail runners love nature. Every week we get to see the beauty of the trees, the bird calls and all the animals – big and small – that we encounter. We appreciate their simple life. And we learn from it. This transfers into our everyday lives, and see can see the beauty all around us.

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Pure intent and focus

Runners who regularly race, are always pushing themselves to run faster or further or both. We know that if we don’t run a certain number of kilometres or for a certain time in training, then we won’t be well prepared for our races. We learn this pure intent and focus in our running, and we know how to apply this drive to other areas of our lives. This makes us high achievers in all areas.

Body awareness

With running comes the risk of injury. At any one time, 50% of all runners are injured. We become acutely aware of what our bones, joints and muscles are feeling. When we are more in tune with our body, we also become more in tune with our mind. This teaches us to be more emotionally mature.

Camaraderie

All runners have a sense of camaraderie. We all greet each other as we pass in the streets. We have a wide grin of enthusiasm as we pass on the trails. If it is a particularly wild and stormy day, we have that extra crazy grin of excitement as we pass another super enthusiastic runner. No matter what your experience or level is as a runner, we all support each other and wish each other well. We want everyone to succeed, and we do better because of this unconditional support.

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Physical fitness is mental fitness

Because of our drive to succeed, and our pure intent and focus to train well, we learn quickly that running is 50% physical fitness and 50% mental fitness. Quite often in racing, when we are so fatigued we don’t know if we can finish, putting one foot in front of the other is a case of mind over matter. This gives us good training for the race of life and makes us a better person for it.

Fun

Runners know how to be a kid again and find fun in the small things. Making a big splash in a puddle, finding a new trail and going exploring, or simply getting sweaty and dirty without a care. This care-free attitude makes us fun people to be around.

 

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If you are already a runner, then you already know these secrets. If you are not a runner, but would like to take up running, now you know why we really run, and why we keep on running week after week.

 

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7 secrets known only to runners

    Featured photo credit: West Highland Way running / Robin McConnell via flickr.com

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    Last Updated on March 13, 2019

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

    1. Work on the small tasks.

    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

    2. Take a break from your work desk.

    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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    3. Upgrade yourself

    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

    4. Talk to a friend.

    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

    7. Read a book (or blog).

    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

    8. Have a quick nap.

    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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    9. Remember why you are doing this.

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

    10. Find some competition.

    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

    11. Go exercise.

    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

    12. Take a good break.

    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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