I listened to Bravey by Alexi Pappas (Amazon Affiliate link here) while driving back and forth to my mom. I didn’t follow Alexi closely, but I’d heard of her, so let’s just say a lot of her memoir was news to me. The rule of thirds stuck with me.
1: One third should be good runs
If all your runs are great, you may not be pushing yourself hard enough. Of course not everyone wants to challenge themselves with running, for some it’s a way to destress and for others it’s a social activity. If you’d like to improve, though, not all your runs are going to feel okay. And that’s okay.
2: One third should be meh runs
Sometimes your runs aren’t going to feel good. If all your runs don’t feel good, though, then you’re probably pushing yourself too hard. It’s time to re-evaluate your goals and your training plan. It might even be time to take a little break before coming back with a modified plan.
3: One third should be in between good and meh
Not every run will feel amazing (or even just good), and not every run will feel horrible (or just not so good). Some will just feel . . . okay. Again that’s okay!: Sunscreen & Bug Spray
As much as I try to be organized the night before, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve forgotten the bug spray because I’m in the a rush before my run. Yes, I do keep a small bottle in my trunk at all times.
Alexi is looking at running through the perspective of an Olympic athlete. She did not win any Olympic medals, but she did break the Greek record for the 10,000 meters; she ran representing Greece.
I definitely liked this bit of advice, even for recreational runners. It reminds me of a scene from Spirit of the Marathon, when one of the pacers is prepping her runners for their long run, telling them that if they can’t talk, they might want to slow down — and if they can sing, they might want to speed up.
I think the biggest takeaway is that if everything always feels tough, you need to re-evaluate what you’re doing.
Have you heard of Alexi Pappas?
Have you read her books? If yes, what did you think of it?