“The fool speaks, the wise man listens.” ~African Proverb
Happy Tuesday, friends, and welcome to October! In case you were wondering, it really is the most beautiful time of year to be in New York City. What are you waiting for? Come visit!
I’m a chatty person by nature. I put effort into improving my listening skills, especially because of what I do for a living. I pride myself in being able to gain my patients’ and clients’ trust and listen carefully to what they’re saying so that I can best treat them as an individual.
You never regret having listened more to someone. Your silence or active listening or further inquiring about another person will never serve you wrong. Especially at cocktail parties.
You know where else you’ll never regret listening? When you listen to your body.
As runners, we are taught to push aside the aches and pains and keep going. The ability to quiet that part of your brain is a skill that the elites master in or to become, well, elite. But we non-elites have to do it, too, in order to progress in our running.
I hate this phrase.
To experience and listen to pain is not to be weak. Listening to your body is what keeps you from doing stupid things that land you on the Injured Reserve list for an entire season.
You’ll never regret listening to your body.
Be it to go faster, push harder, or run that extra mile or to cut a run short, take a breather from training, or drop to a half instead of the full marathon.
You’ll never regret listening to what your body is really telling you.
You can seek advice from your friends, your doctors, your partner, and experienced runners, but in the end, you know how you feel and you are the only expert on YOU.
You’ll never regret listening to someone, especially yourself. And when you follow how you feel, follow your own advice, you can never go wrong.
There will be other marathons. There will be other chances to PR. There will be other workouts. But if you don’t listen, and listen closely, you may just push too hard, too far, do too much damage to get to another start line ever again.
And getting to those start lines feeling good is surely way Better Than the Alternative, right? Right.
Now go out and run.