September 1, 2020 – Art of Life

Hi Guys,  


I haven’t had any deep insights this week, but I was listening to a podcast with Gloria Steinam, and man, she’s still a total badass at age 86! One of her quotes which really resonates with me is this one: “The art of life is not controlling what happens to us, but using what happens to us.” I guess by 86 you realize shit will happen that you can’t control so you’d better make the best of it. I think many of us (me!) are still learning this lesson. How we have handled our running and our lives in the face of the COVID pandemic has been pretty eye opening. There can be an urge to want to control as much as we can in the face of uncertainty. We make rigid schedules and stick to plans and count numbers, because we can control those things. But the quiet confidence of accepting the unpredictable and trusting ourselves to handle whatever comes our way and USE it to make us stronger can actually serve us better. As Gloria says, it is “the art of life”. Because that is what life is – messy, unpredictable art. And we are all artists.  


Workouts for this week:  


  1. 6 x 600 w 1:30 rest, 4 min rest, 6 x 400 w 1:30 rest (the key here is to keep the paces very similar – don’t speed up too much if any for the 400’s. It’s a way to get a bit more volume of speedier work in)  
  2. Fartlek style! 6 x 2 min w 1:30 easy, 4 min easy, 6 x 1:30 w 1:30 easy  
  3. Short hills and strides – honestly I wish I did more of these. Gyms have been closed but this is running specific power and strength stuff  
  4. Tempo: 20 min tempo, 5 min easy, 10 min tempo  


Group up here – and have fun!