In order to function properly, human beings must somehow create a balance between excessive reason and blind emotion. In William Shakespeareâ€™s play "Hamlet", Hamlet finds himself desperately grappling with two extremes. Hamletâ€™s unfortunate tendency to bounce between periods of pure reason and intense emotion led to inappropriate actions and inaction when action was needed most.
Of course Iâ€™m exaggerating again. Thatâ€™s just me. My situation is not a tragedy but it sure is causing some mental conflict. Iâ€™m trying to prevent myself from doing "inappropriate actions" so the result isnâ€™t "inaction when action is needed most." Naturally the topic is about running.
A little historyâ€¦.Last year, following the 2011 Boston marathon, I was so excited since my race was all I wanted it to be that I kept running through the summer, not taking time off and putting in considerable miles. By the time the Philadelphia marathon rolled around in November, I was burned out, could care less if I ran or walked 26.2 miles.
I donâ€™t want to burn out again. I want to be ready to run a good race in September and realize that itâ€™s important to take time off, allowing the body and mind to recover. If sufficient rest is taken then the excitement of training for a new challenge will come back strong. The sense of focus will be 100%, no excuses. So right now, coming off of a disappointing race, itâ€™s important that "blind emotion" not be allowed to take over.Â
My routine this week has been one total body weight workout, one 4.8 mile hilly run, a rest day, and two days of enjoyable walking with Shane. The early morning hours of the weekend may inspire me to take a slow trot around the parks before leaving for New York City to cycle around the Big Apple on Sunday. The TD 5 Boro Bike Tour is a casual ride for 40 miles but Iâ€™ve only been on my bike a few times, the longest being 1 1/2 hours since last year. Iâ€™m sure there will be soreness in places none of us want to be sore.
It should be fun even though cycling isnâ€™t my sport of choice, itâ€™s a good event to redirect my focus for a weekend.
So tell me, do you have to remind yourself not to get out of balance between excessive reason and blind emotion?