Larry Birckhead on Staying Active After The SunRun

There is a strength of a quiet endurance as significant of courage as the most daring feats of prowess”

~ Henry Tuckerman

Show of hands. How many of you will never move faster than “saunter” between April 19, 2009 and the start of next year’s Sun Run training? And mostly you’ll saunter from the TV to the fridge. Or from the car to the doors of the mall.  

Uh-huh. I thought so. About 30%? 40%? So let’s talk about that. 

At several Sun Run clinics around the Lower Mainland, people keep showing up at their usual clinic time and keep the schedule alive. At my home clinic, Langara Family Y, a few of us keep the Sunday morning at 9:00 sacrosanct. It’s what we do for 12 weeks every year to prepare for the 10k and then we just keep it up. Sometimes only one of us shows, sometimes none, sometimes 4. Never a crowd but always committed. The default 9:00 am Sunday activity is show up at the Y and go out for about an hour’s gentle jog.

What plans do you have for training after the Sun Run is over? NOW is the time to plan. The spirit of the run is to promote a lifestyle of activity – not just a few weeks. And mentally, having nothing in mind once you have crossed the finish line could spell doom for the active lifestyle you’ve been leading.

This may help: you have accrued benefits that resulted from your preparation for the SunRun. An active lifestyle is associated with a long, long list of emotional, mental, and, of course, physical payoffs. 

Yet here’s the kicker – you are not the ONLY one to accrue them. If, like many people as they stay active, you have felt positive changes in mood, self-image, mental alertness, and productivity, then people around you have felt those changes as well. Especially those that you are around most often. 

The fact of the matter is that the benefits you earn accrue to others too and what a nice thing to be able to do. So if you stick with this after the Sun Run is over, the cheering you heard at the finish line will continue through the year!

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Larry Birckhead

Habit Shift Coach

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