Over the last few weeks, I have had some superspectacular surprises. First the planets aligned and gave me a sub 10 minute/mile pace on a 4 mile run. Wow! Then about a week later, I went out on an unplanned 5 mile run and boogied my bootie to the line in 48 minutes. And finally earlier this week, I zipped through a 5K in less than 30 minutes after a bike ride. (If you have just tuned in -- these are unbelievably fast times for me, the world's slowest runner.)
The first time was a freaky ananomly - even NASA agreed it had to be full moon aftershock. The second one made me raise my eyebrow and think, could we have a start of something? And then on the third one, I think I can finally agree I see a trend line forming. I hold my breath as I type this, but I think my running is improving. But how can that be?
Since my promise in April to give up/scale back my regular events, I haven't run regularly, been training at all, eating perfectly, losing weight or inches, or doing any events. Everything is different from a year ago. Oohhh, hold the phone. I get it.
It can be! It's not about what I haven't been doing. It's about what I changed and am doing. I was looking at the list in the wrong way. The transition from a "runner who ran to train for something" to a "runner who runs just to run" threw me for a loop - it was tough change. But now it is clearer, my running progress isn't due to an addition or lack of training. It is a result of the change in how I approach running.
Natural Law: You gotta' change your running to change your results.
Over the past few years, I have run the same events, using the same type of plans, using the same types of courses and trails. It is a bit of insanity to think that doing the same thing would give me different results. It makes perfect sense to me now. After 10 years of sameness, a few months of completely "different" would give me something I hadn't anticipated - some improvement!
It's a wonderful side effect to a great experiment. And a great reminder of a natural law of running and life.