Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Recovery time

Wow, that race on Sunday was something! A gorgeous day, and more than 1700 people came out to run this beautiful trail along the coast. The 10 K was along a path that was a lot less flat than I had anticipated and the run was challenging for me.

Especially because in my enthusiasm I forgot to take my inhaler before the run and after the first 200 feet my muscles started screaming, "Where is the oxygen"?!

But I made it all the way till the end, and my lovely accompany too! Teflon decided to run the race with me. He is a biker and trains every day, so he is in good shape. But halfway the race his run muscles decided not to cooperate any longer, and the last part of the race he moved over the trail like a little penguin.

Congrats Tef, for going all the way till the end and thank you so much for supporting me!

Now we are three days after the run and I already did one following up run of 5.5 miles and I am following my schedule working towards my next goal: half a marathon. I have not had a set back from the race (in opposite: I feel great) and Mark also has recovered properly! Isn't that fabulous?

It makes me think about recovery times. The whole running experience gives me a new insight in recovery times after you really challenge your body and what a difference that makes if the body is trained or not. And I can feel the difference for me. It's not that long ago that after a two-mile run I had to do a nap, before I could start the rest of the day, and now I need water and food and then I can go on.

So, seeing that this is the way it works with running, I want to pull this knowledge into other an area: working to become happier. Last week I was going to do a dialogue with a new person and we discussed beforehand what a dialogue is, how it works, how it would help her. And when we talked about finding and changing beliefs I told her that the more she practices, the faster she starts to see which beliefs she has in place that lead to unhappiness, and can then start changing them. I told her that the more you do it, the shorter the time frame of unhappiness will be. On a given moment you will say: "oh no, that thought will lead me to unhappiness, let me make another decision instead".

If you train your body and mind to be in excellent shape, you can experience very short recovery times and you will have a lot more time to spend in the way you would like.

Do you recover easily? Or do you hold on? In which areas do you recover fastest? In which areas do you recover very slow?


  1. For me one of the most dramatic examples that come to mind about the beliefs of recovery, is the comparison between Italian Widows and Jamacian Widows and their customary 'recovery' patterns based on culturally accepted self-imposed beliefs.

    Then there is that disabled preacher David, who extolls the choice to 'don't wine, shine.'

    Regrets, sorrowfulness, sadness, why? Isn't it always simply a belief based choice? Does it fascilitate joy? happiness? or a healthy bodily response?-ever? What if instead of a focus on, and fasciklitating real-ness of a 'not-want' focus on only what one has....on valuing, on appreciating, on celebrating......such asin a typical Jamaican wake? Isn't it a forgone conclusion, the flavor of ones emotional experience, based on this 180 degree of choice? bw.

  2. BW, I'm not familiar with this comparison of widows that you refer to; can you enlighten us? Thanks!

  3. Surely you know the scene, Italian ladies dressed in black, living in grief, for at least a year, establishing that you really cared about a person dying, vs the Jamacain style of having a rousing parade and celebration of a person's life. Different styles of recovery.

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