I’m not a massive fan of long-distance running.
Back in the old days, when we had to do it at school, I was bored. Every time I sign up for another charity ‘fun run’ event of 15-20km straight line jogging, I can’t wait until I am done with the run and just have the well-deserved beer at the finish line. I’m the type of person that loses motivation when I can’t see the finish line.
So what’s my motivation for training?
To paddle through a clean-up set, duck-dive a bomb and get in back in the line-up to catch another wave. To lift something heavy, sprint a short distance, to climb a rope up to the ceiling. That’s when I’m willing to work hard – even if my hands are hurting, or I’m trying to catch my breath while it is pumping out there. But I don’t feel like monotonously jogging 42 195 metres so that somewhere bloody far, I’ll see the finish line (that was already crossed by a bunch of Kenyans hours ago). I’m not willing to run 4 hours in a row unless Freddy Krueger is chasing me.
As you can see, this blog is not for fans of long-distance running. If you are a professional marathon runner, I am not sure if you’ll get much value here. At the very best, it might raise an already high level of cortisol from your long runs. Save your kidneys. If you really love it, then why stop running?
But if you are, like me, reluctant to run for an hour or two every day, I have good news: there is an alternative to be fit. To look great. To score more waves on your next surf trip. To be in a good shape – both aerobic and anaerobic. Continue reading