Stampfl-ing all over it

by Anna Blanch on March 26, 2012

The first couple of runs while jetlagged are all kinds of uncomfortable. My body cries out. My chest feels like it is going to explode.

My feet feel heavy and my throat burns.

No matter how in shape I am, those first couple of runs just don’t feel good.

But, after two or three days of less than stellar distances and worse times, things improve.

It’s like a kind of rite of passage. It’s also a good way of telling how i’m adjusting to a new time zone.

The veteran running coach, Arthur Lydiard, once said:

If you can walk, you can run. If you can run, you can run 20 miles.

I don’t care how old you are. You can do it if you want to.

Putting the 20 miles aside, Lydiard’s words inspire me to keep moving. Set targets and goals, and get there. Even if you aren’t able to get there are fast as you’d like or want to, even if you need to walk some of it, just keep moving till you reach your goal.

Franz Stampfl, another legendary running coach, has declared that there’s nothing a (wo)man can’t do if the spirit’s there. So much of what takes consistent effort is not difficult in and of itself as much as it wears you down in the expectation of the monotony of effort.

And this is where running teaches me a little something about my PhD:

going the distance is still going the distance.

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