John M.

John M.

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K RUN DAY 20 – Not a grind, pure enjoyment

  • Mar 26th, 2016 at 11:52PM

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Awesome. Fantastic. Fabulous. Wonderful. Amazing. I don’t know which adjective to pick to describe today’s 8 km distance run, but you get the picture. It was the best run of K Run till now. I emulated the technique I practiced on yesterday’s technical run but loosened up a little. Arms swinging nicely, nice pick-up on the legs, aligned, stride not too long, head up and looking straight ahead. As usual, if I manage to do the last piece, then the rest of the pieces seem to fall into place.

It took a little under 42 minutes. I was going at a good clip, faster than average. On the effort meter, it was between a 4 and 5. It just felt great. Aside from a brief pause to take today’s picture at the 4 km mark, where I turned around to retrace my pre-planned route, it was one continuous smooth effort. I didn’t feel winded. I felt on top of the world. When it was over I walked up the hill to my apartment and typed some notes into Runkeeper before coming inside to finish the post-run static stretches. You’ll be glad to hear that I got the run done much earlier than usual. It was after dark, but not by much. Thank goodness for the weekends.

Running can be like this? Wow, it blows my mind that I have gotten to this point. Not a grind. Pure enjoyment.

Saturday, 26 March 2016, 23:48 GMT+9

 
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8 comments

Janet L.Janet L.Kenzai Member
over 3 years ago

That is indeed fantastic! But not surprising given the long runs you enjoyed in Europe. You just need the right circumstances - sounds like Saturday evening was the perfect time!


    John M.John M.Kenzai Member
    over 3 years ago

    When I was running in Europe in January, I didn't even know what I was doing. I was winging it and knew nothing about the techniques that can make it so much better. I am so glad I am doing K Run. Running has gone from being OK to very very nice indeed.


      Cece AielloCece AielloKenzai Mind | Day 17 (Member)
      Trainerover 3 years ago

      This was such the perfect post to read before I set off on my own distance run today John. "Not a grind, pure enjoyment..." I focused on this throughout the run and it didn't feel like a slog. This might just be my mantra!


        Jane N.Jane N.Kenzai Member
        over 3 years ago

        Fabulous John! I am so pleased for you! I knew you'd love it!


          Prem K.Prem K.Alumni
          over 3 years ago

          42mins? Perfect form? Wow... Sounds sublime.... Enjoy.. Kick back.. Rest.. U r doing fabulous in ur runs and in inspiring us


            John M.John M.Kenzai Member
            over 3 years ago

            @Cecilia
            I commented on your blog in which you reported taking the title of this blog of mine as your mantra. Another demonstration of the power of our online community. I need to focus on that, too. It's easy to get caught up in negative thoughts before each run about how tough it's going to be. Once you let go of your ego--in my case the desire to beat my previous record time--the runs become much more enjoyable. And to my surprise, I often end up running quite fast without feeling it.

            @Jane
            I never dreamt running would be this enjoyable. Hats off the the Kenzai team that created K Run (and K Run 2). I'll be watching your blog posts coming out of your KR2 experience, Jane.

            @Prem
            I don't know whether the form was perfect, but the run was sublime. That's an adjective I hadn't thought of to describe my 8K distance run yesterday, but I think it's the best. Perfectly sublime.


              Ward WillisWard WillisKenzai Member
              Head Trainerover 3 years ago

              When the struggle falls aways, an inner calm emerges. It can fill you up, John. You can carry it around with you with you for days. Others might even see it on your face! We can certainly hear it in your words!


                John M.John M.Kenzai Member
                over 3 years ago

                I like the way you put that, Ward: An inner calm emerges. Whenever I write a blog post this short, either I am out of time or I have reached that state of inner calm.


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