There is a time when we get tested. We've all had them. Physics exam in University. Attending a sports team try-out in high-school. Lifting a boiling-hot dragon-emblazoned cauldron with your writs. If we are prepared well, these events are less stressful times than when we are not prepared.
When I was actually blending a shake in high-school about 30 years ago, I wondered what that pulse button was on the blender. I noticed the blender went cookoo for cocoa-puffs every time I pushed it: the counter would shake, the potted herbs on the window sill would rock back and forth. And the shake would come out extra frothy. I liked extra frothy. So I blended with that button pushed in manually every time!
The blender broke. It couldn't handle the stress.
The real purpose of the pulse button was to mix up the routine of blending and to break a log-jam in the activity. Press it for a second or two, have the stuck stuff drop into the blades and then let it blend as normal, then release the pulse button.
I think as runners we have a pulse button as well. I reach for mine when I have to run negative split intervals and I have about 1/2 mile to go in my workout. Or when the workout changes from 400x track repeats to 800x track repeats and my body is telling me at 401m, "Hey, we're supposed to slow down now buddy."
I've been looking at what wakes me up to deliver: I've been creating images in my mind of different situations:
- running for fear of my life
- running to save someone's life
- running to show someone that their opinion doesn't count
- running to feel like being strong, muscular and healthy
- running in the zone
The jury is still out on this, but appealing to the emotions involved in the first 3 doesn't work to motivate me. What I do see is that moving out of the social/judgmental/intellectual state of mind into an animal/instinctual zone seems to be more effective.
But the amazing conclusion I have in my running is that whenever the "mind" gets involved, I run poorly. When my mind steps out of the way and just I just am, I run better.
Do you have a pulse button and what is it?