In my YTT, our teacher shared the following quote:
Range is of the ego, form is of the soul
My take on that is that especially now, in the age of Instagram and Facebook, we’re all after that perfect looking yoga pose. The perfect headstand, handstand. Arm balances, Inversions. You know: those really cool looking poses. Put more simply: it’s a fancy way to say keeping up with the Jonses.
The problem is that those likes and follows feed your ego, not your soul. Instead of thinking about how far you can bend, twist, or fold, you’d be better served thinking about whether or not you can breath in your pose. Without breathing, you die — so why would you want to do something that makes breathing hard — for the likes?
Don’t worry, this isn’t a yoga post. I think that quote can be applied to many things. Running, absolutely. Only substitute “pace” for “range”.
We all love a good pace
Myself included. I’m not going to win a race, and most likely I’m not going to place in an age group, either. So pace shows me improvement. Or does it?
Sometimes pace shows that you’re improving — other times it just shows you’re pushing yourself. Pushing is good . . . until it’s not. Pushing the pace at the expense of form is never good, although almost everyone’s form deteriorates as they get tired.
You may push a few weeks, a few months, a few years . . . unless you’re also paying attention to form (how you run), and making sure you’re not running faster at the expense of good running form, someday it’s mostly likely going to come back to bite you in the form of an injury.
Where else does ego show up in your running?
There are lots of other ways ego can show up in your running:
- Running too many days in a row
- Ignoring rest days
- Trying to run through an injury
- Coming back to running too soon after injury/illness
- Running at the same pace you were pre-injury when you start running again
- Racing too often
- Running in bad weather
- Not willing to take walk breaks when tired because “real runners don’t walk”
- Racing a distance you know you’re not prepared for
Think about where ego shows up in your running.
Do you think your ego ever caused an injury?
If you ever ran through an injury — how’d that work for you?
Where else does ego show up for you?