Last week I was off from work, which meant I had more time for running. It was also a big week for track and field in the Olympics. Talk about inspiring! But all of that had me thinking about what it takes to get to that kind of level of running, and what holds back everyday runners like you and I. What would running be like if we had all the running resources?
By “running resources” I mean time, money, and access to everything we would need. Let’s break this down a little.
If I Had All the Running Resources…
Running Resources: Time
If I had all the time I needed for running, I could plan my running schedule however I wanted. I could do a long run during the week if it made sense. I could also lift after my hard runs so that I could keep my easy days really easy. I could also run later in the mornings when it’s not super hot out so I could sleep a little more. Maybe I would even drive to different places for my runs like I did last week!
I may also end up overdoing it and getting injured or overtrained, so there’s that. I would also need to be mindful of using all of that extra time to focus on recovery!
Running Resources: Money
What would running be like if I had an endless supply of money to put towards it? There are only so many running clothes and shoes that a runner really needs, so I actually don’t think I would spend more on that. However, I would probably have a running coach all the time and maybe work with a dietitian as well. I might run more races or even travel to more races (when COVID isn’t an issue).
I would also love to try out some different kinds of fuel. I’ve heard great things about some products and then I look them up and they are so expensive! There are many things that look intriguing but I don’t try because I know I won’t want to keep up with paying for them regularly.
Runner Resources: Access to Resoures
Now time and money can only get you so far if you don’t have access to the things you need. So many resources are available online now, so in many ways access isn’t an issue. I do think it would be nice to be able to see a chiropractor and massage therapist regularly. I haven’t seen my chiro as much lately because of time- the hours they are open I am either working or don’t have childcare. So in a way this is an access issue. I don’t have a massage therapist, although I’ve been to a few over the years. I’d love to have a go-to person who I can see regularly, but again, this is definitely related to time and money as well.
Making it work without all these things
As everyday runners we have learned to train without unlimited running resources. Even with all of these things, would I be running in the Olympics? I highly doubt it. Maybe having to work within the boundaries of what I have available to me makes me appreciate running more in some ways. I just can’t help but wonder what running could potentially be like with a little extra help!
What would your training look like if you had all the running resource?
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