M.I.A.

Sometimes the smallest changes make the biggest difference.  In life.  In running.  In competition.  In health.  And change often occurs without warning.  Comes out of nowhere.  Hits hard for better or for worse.  Change is chaos to me.  Imagine a long line of dominoes that took weeks/months to set up.  Change knocks one domino over, and every domino crashes down.  That is my initial view of change.  It is not logical.  It is just me.

So, when I lost my GPS watch two weeks ago, I went a little crazy.  Runner crazy.  “What am I going to do?”  “My training is ruined.”  “How am I going to run my 24 mile run?”  “What about Strava?”  If you are a runner, I imagine this or something like this has happened to you.  A race routine disaster.  A stormed out long run.  Music that won’t sync.  To the non-runner, maybe you can relate in some other way, or maybe this is one of those times to read, smile, and enjoy the lack of runner problems in your life.

Buying the Polar m200 forced me to change more than I expected, and I was unwilling to see any good in this at first.  A new app that I didn’t know like the back of my hand.  A buzz instead of a tune to let me know the GPS is ready.  A display that didn’t show me what I needed to see.  All impossible to fix issues, right?

After a few days of messing around with the display, evaluating my workouts on the Polar App, and ignoring Strava, I embraced the changes.  The Polar App turned out to be awesome, and in using the App, I discovered a new way to share my running data.  The display, which concerned me at first, turned out to be easy to adjust so that the correct data is visible while I run, and a break from Strava was surprisingly refreshing.  The forced break opened my eyes…

Every single mile that I run doesn’t need to be uploaded to Strava.  I enjoy giving/receiving Kudos, but it is not necessary.  Additionally, too many challenges and too much comparing (which I try to refrain from at all times) can be distracting from the real goal.  

I plan to share some of my runs on Strava, but now it is a choice, not an automatic upload.  I will also be sharing more of my workouts on Instagram, so if you haven’t yet, check out my Instagram Page.

Here are some other small changes that have made a big difference recently.

Eating a bigger breakfast before hard workouts has helped me finish stronger and recover faster.

Using Tailwind for hydration has shortened my recovery time both physically and mentally after long runs.

Using a standing desk has decreased my lower back pain and has improved my posture.

Have you ever been forced to make a change?  Did everything work out?  How did you deal with it?  Does adapting to change come easy to you?

Thanks for reading!  Have a great weekend!

8 Comments

  1. As a designer, change is part of what we do so over the years I’ve come to embrace it. But it’s not an easy process. I’m not a huge Strava fan, although my runs pull through to there. I tend to do all of my analysis on Final Surge, where my coach can see all of my run data. I’ve missed seeing your runs on Strava the past few days

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    1. I do plan to be back on Strava. I think with the marathon being so close, and the increased pressure I was putting on myself the break came at the right time. I will stick with the manual upload for now and provide more details on instagram or on my blog.
      And it’s funny. I can change easily with my blog. Many of my posts are random ideas that I often change mid post, reorganize, and then publish with no panic whatsoever.

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