I love to run. In fact , at times, I want to run more than anything else.
I will never give up on something I can’t go a day without thinking about. This doesn’t mean I need to run every day, but if I’m not running I am thinking about my next run and it provides balance in a hectic world.
Webster’s definition of balance is “a state in which different things occur in equal or proper amounts or have an equal or proper amount of importance”. I like the next definition even better: “the ability to move or to remain in a position without losing control or falling”. Physically we want to stay upright and mentally we don’t want to lose our wits. So I try to control only what is necessary and let the rest go.
So if you enjoy a variety of activities in your life you are most likely balanced. Not only with exercise, but with other play as well – whether it is quiet time reading a book, spending time with your family, having a beer (or several) with a buddy, or ordering pizza on a Friday night. Maintaining balance is more than just planning a variety of runs each week. I used to think of balance as getting in one tempo run, one leg of speed work, a long slow run, and some shorter runs just to provide enough variety to keep it fresh. However, I stepped back to consider my routine and borderline obsession and decided that balance was more about doing a bit of everything that brings me pleasure in life - and even some things I don’t enjoy as much.
It's a beautiful Monday evening after a long work day. I was going to work in a quick 4-mile run, but I decided to have a beer with a friend who surprised me with a call today.
There is plenty of time for a run tomorrow. Tonight I am balanced.