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A day trip to a spa or a week-long vacation to an exotic location would do wonders to help you switch off from the stress of the daily grind. But what can you do to relax your mind and body right now? Here are some of the best ways to reduce stress in 60 seconds or less.
A Motivational View On Pain and Suffering
By Jay Markiewicz- Endurance Racing Magazine
I want to share with you the two quotes I say to myself when I stand at the start of every race. The first one is, “Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.” The second is, “Only in times of suffering are we closest to our consciousness!” And bam, does that get me fired up to race!
Because look, no matter how much we try, no matter how much we talk about theory, tools, applications and mind-sets, the bottom line is that we all find ourselves, at some point or another, on the edge of suffering. And it’s in those moments that we get to see the deepest part of our spirit.
Standing at the start of an endurance race, I wonder: What part of me is going to show up today? What will I learn about myself that I don’t already know? Some people shy away from pushing too hard to prevent crossing into that realm. Me, I do it to see what I’m made of. Endurance racing is as much spiritual as anything. There is a gift in that. The gift is we get to peek into our soul when we’re on that fine line between Pain and Suffering.
Trail Running Refresher For the next generation of bushwhackers I recently heard some beginners talking about their nascent trail running experience and I wondered “What the hell are they talking about? Doesn’t everybody know this stuff?” Having done some very-happy trail running and racing recently myself, I figured I’d give a quick refresher.
I remember one weekend in September many years ago. I was training for a road marathon and had a middle distance run on my training plan for that weekend. Looking on the calendar I saw that there was a 17 mile trail race that I could jump into and thought, “Hey, that’s the perfect distance for me.”
That day I discovered the difference between road running and technical trail running. I showed up naïve and smiling at the Wapack Trail race. Over 3 hours later I stumbled across the finish line dirty, bloody and thrilled to have discovered what trails runners mean when they say ‘technical’.