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Thoughts from the Road: Running in 500 Words or Less. Vol. 4

Thoughts from the road.  ONLY?

ONLY… What is this word??

It’s something I consistantly find funny when I hear runners say “I ONLY ran…X number of miles!” What is it about runners that makes us discount distances as if there is always more that can be done?? At what point is it ONLY A MILE, ONLY A 5K, ONLY A 1/2, ONLY A MARATHON???

Is there always something more? I ask this today as I have been doing research on my 2015 GOAL of running the Leadville 100. How much will I need to run? How many times in my training will I be saying ONLY???

I am a firm believer of Quality over Quantity when it comes to miles.  The “Less is More” philosophy is one that I admire.  I practice with purpose and I’m a Form & Fundamentals Coach.  That said, even I occasionally succumb to the “I need more miles” fear when training!

So…after Leadville:  IF I FINISH…will I look for more? What may be next…If I ONLY DO 100???



Success!!  I did Finish the Leadville 100 Trail Run!!  The course was completed in 28 Hours, 34 Minutes.  It was the absute most challenging thing that I have ever attempted and finished!  9 Months of Training… Now, I sit here many months past this accomplishment and can safely say:  100 miles is my Absolute Distance:)  There is no need for “ONLY” anymore…I fully appreciate EVERY MILE:)

What about YOU?? What is your ONLY???

Thoughts from the road.

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Matthew A. Reedy


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Thoughts from the Road: Running in 500 Words or Less. Vol. 1

Thoughts from the road.  Running in the Rain.

Running in the rain, while often cold to start, warms the body in an ever so cool way! It’s often tough to “brave the elements” and lace up our shoes when the weather is anything but ideal. Too Hot? Too Cold? It’s Windy. It’s Rainy… All these outside forces testing our own RUN INTEGRITY.

I adhere to the training philosophy: Train in the most difficult situations possible: The hottest part of the day, in the worst of weather, in HEAVY SHOES (!! I know…so strange to train in heavy shoes!! it’s so out of fashion:) Train when it’s tough and the race will be easier.

Running in the Rain is so fulfilling to me!   Although more difficult conditions, I nevertheless often run faster times!  The rain energizes my spirit, my stride quickens as my feet dance in and out of the puddles.  My sweat mixes smoothly with the rain and my body warms up nicely without overheating!  It’s quite the showing of “Relaxed Intensity!”

I strongly encourage everyone to get outside in the rain!  Be it walk or run…experience the cleansing and calming nature of “Mother Nature’s Sweat:)”  You’ll thank me for it!!

Thoughts from the road.