Did you know running experts say the “long run” is the foundation of training exercises for short and long distance runners?
They say there’s nothing like jogging along at your regular pace for longer than your regular distance to build your over-all capacity.
In other words, it takes stamina to build stamina. This doesn’t sound redundant to me. I’ve long said the only way to have energy is to use energy, and I bet there’s a link between stamina and energy.
I know there’s a link between stamina and building a career. That’s because all of us in the working world should count on being in it for the long haul. True, we might win the lottery or finally collect a bunch of money from this guy in Nigeria, but it’s still best to plan on working for many, many years.
This means we need to adopt practices or training techniques that will help us keep a steady pace, stay focused and stick with our game plans, no matter what distractions we face.
Here are four areas to focus on:
Proper Alignment – Athletes need to have their knees, ankles and other body parts lined up just right to avoid stressing their joints, and we need to make sure how we earn our living jives with what we value. If you’re a devoted parent and your job takes you away from your children too often, something’s going to give eventually…
Proper Nutrition – Energy bars and sports drinks fuel athletes, but what feeds you? A balanced diet is important, but don’t forget other kinds of nourishment, such as spending time in nature, a spiritual practice, listening to music… just make sure you’re replenishing yourself.
The Right Equipment – Broken down running shoes can break down runners in the long run. You need the right equipment, too, such as an adult-sounding e-mail and the right garb for an interview.
Recovery Time – Runners take time off sometimes, and often schedule hard and easy days when they’re training for a marathon. So can job hunters. You might find your overall performance improves when you vary the demands you place on yourself. Make sure you cover all the miles you need to on a weekly or monthly basis and you could find it much easier to go the distance.
by Danielle Dresden