On Sunday I enjoyed the opportunity to run a few kilometers with a “Legend” of long distance trail running: Scott Jurek. In the evening, I spent a moment visiting his official website, interested by great reports and beautiful pics. But also, hoping to “learn” something and enrich my approach to running.
Of course this guy is a champion and I’m not (and notwithstanding all the respect I owe you, I guess you are not either if you read this humble blog…). Of course this champion is an ultra-distance runner and I’m not (but, related to my usual training mileage, a marathon is already an ultra-distance race for me!).
However, I guess I got something. Something obvious but something we (I guess that I’m not the only one…) might sometimes lose sight of during our marathon quest: PLEASURE.
Scott Jurek runs for his living. It’s his job, his “office”. It’s not a hobby as it is for most of us. Of course, it brings him many advantages that we’ll never enjoy in terms of time availability and material support. But I guess it also comes with a lot of “external” pressure for results, kind of pressure that can easily alter freedom and pleasure to run. However it doesn’t seem so for Scott Jurek. While smiling and talking to us on Sunday, or reporting about his races on his website, he shines with a true joy of running.
As “recreational” runners, we are blessed because we don’t have to endure “external” pressure. The only pressure we must carry is the one we choose to put on ourselves: our motivation.
So, here is my point: I believe the best approach to running a marathon lies in having a motivation that respects our pleasure to run now.
I’ll write more about this idea soon