Keeping the Main Thing, the Main Thing!
FILEX has come and gone for another year and every year I will take away a new experience from it.
If you are wondering what the hell is FILEX, it is the Fitness Industry’s Convention. It is where 2,000 fitness professionals go to get their fix of motivation, knowledge and all of those ooh and aaah moments that we all have.
This year to do something different I was part of the Event Crew, which is a nice way of saying Door Bitch. I checked everyone’s details to make sure they were in the right place, moved equipment, told people where to go and along the way met some really neat individuals.
This year we were fortunate enough to have a running coach run (pun intended) some lectures. It was pretty fabulous to listen to all the information in a scientific way and marry that up with why I instinctively do what I do.
Let me digress… A couple of weeks ago I was having a conversation with Forest aka Dave on eating whilst we are training for the Marathon. He questioned me as to why I wasn’t consuming Gels yet.
My reasoning was that I really don’t need them and want to get my body acclimatised to not using them until absolutely necessary.
Turns out I have a bit of storage on my frame and can easily train myself to do a couple of hours without food. (I am not saying that it is easy or that it isn’t a tough mind battle).
This rule however is different for everyone. Dave is of a lean composition (is that pc?) and doesn’t carry much fuel in his skin, some of us carry a bit more and some of us carry a lot.
It is what it is, until it is something different!
To the point
What I am trying to say is that most of our learning is based on hyped up media with claims based on endurance athletes – of which most of us are NOT!
We are not taught to question why something is why it is or why people often make the claims they make.
The take home message is that we need to use our common sense more than our television. We need to question more than believe and we need to find our own truths.
Back to the coach
Anyhoo, we were lucky enough to be taken on a smooth 7.5km run around the back of Pyrmont and beyond to get in touch with why we run or why we love to run.
A lot of the time we are so wired up and concerned about times and splits and kms that we sometimes lose sight of the real beauty that is running.
Simple, uncomplicated, with little equipment needed.
Something you can do anywhere in the world and immediately feel at home.
One of the things that stood out for me (as sayings often do), is a little mantra that we were privy to. Before I tell you what it is – have you ever tried to improve something but wanted to know what the most important thing about that thing is? Logically, once you have found out the most important thing, you can concentrate on it and it will all improve.
Well, the main thing is – to keep the main thing the main thing.
Think about it. We often lose sight of what we are really trying to achieve in place of building massive bridges.
The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.
For example if you hate running and are running purely to lose weight – don’t! Learn to love the simplicity and run to run; concentrate on the other side of the fuel equation, on what is going in rather than what you are expending.
Although, we all know running will give you a great butt.
Conversely, if your aim is to run a marathon some day then you have to run, lots.