Time or Distance?

I was running this morning and thinking ‘Wow, I am enjoying this. I am loving the process of running. I don’t want to stop, I like listening to the birdsong and the wind in my ears, feeling the smell of a fresh spring nature … I like being here and now… ‘ I then looked at my watch to check how much time was ‘left’.

Taken by my sister 850 km to the east from where I live.

Generally, I like running: it helps me stay awake, takes me away from the computer, provides space for thinking or calming down, depending on what’s needed more. I am far from being a ‘serious’ runner, and only take part in races about once a year. At the moment I am training for half-marathon in May. As a part of the preparation process this year, I attended weekend training earlier this month, and got a tip from the trainer about running for certain amount of time (not kilometers) which I had never done before. This means having running slots for 60, 70, 90, 120 minutes, etc. in your calendar, as opposed to certain number of miles to cover.

I started to experiment with this technique and realized it brings a completely new perspective to the process of my training: I can’t run (and should not!) run faster in order to finish the training earlier, but instead, I can savor the process.

This experience made me think about the other aspects of my life, especially professional: I tend to think about myself as ‘organized’ and ‘efficient’ meaning I can ‘get things done’ on time, meeting the deadlines (90% of time, at least), but am I investing enough of myself into projects and courses, when I am focused on the ‘result’ (getting it done) more than the ‘process’ (of communication, creativity, being in the moment)?

David Allen said this one of his amazing Time Management newsletters: ‘Hurrying and delaying are alike ways of trying to resist the present’. Simple but true.

I will keep watching where I am trying to hurry and ‘get things done’ and will intentionally slow down. Writing this down was helpful, too: I think I enjoy the process of blogging more than I thought.

Thank you for reading! 🙂

P.S. Initially this post had another title: ‘Process or Result?‘ Searched my own blog and found this old post: Process, Result and Positive Thinking, also about running. Realize I don’t always remember what I had written about years ago! 🙂

About Zhenya

ELT: teacher educator, trainer coach, reflective practice addict https://wednesdayseminars.wordpress.com/.
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6 Responses to Time or Distance?

  1. Tesal Sangma says:

    I love running too. I always take part in the 10k every November, but I’d like to train for half marathon. The beauty of nature is what makes it worth it to run in the morning. 😊


  2. ChristinaC says:

    I’m so glad to read this, thank you for sharing Zhenya.
    Just last week, I met with one of my trainers, who was visiting Athens for holidays and texted me with an invitation to our long-favoured “coffees in the sun”. Prevalent among the dozens of things we tried to cram into that hour and a half, was how to make the most of our experiences in this fast-paced world we’ve found ourselves into – and his advice was ‘slow down’ and ‘chunk-it-all’. Has this become the mainstream advice, I wonder.
    I’m definitely not a runner, more of a long-distance walker myself – but it is so uplifting to read you do train and run (and marathons!), and that it leads you to considering its effect in all aspects. And that we get to read about it all, too 😊

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    • Zhenya says:

      Hi Christina
      Thank you for the warm (as always!) comment. Yes, I enjoy running and am able to do it in 90% of ‘weather’ situations. Registering for a race and then informing friends about it serves as a good motivator to me. Love long walks too!
      That wise piece of advice about the need to ‘slow down’ and ‘chunk-it-all’ is a simple thing to do. Except that it is not. I think I am just starting a long way to learn it. Maybe ‘mainstream idea’, which only proves the overall high pace of everything.
      So… to a slower weekend then? 🙂
      Thank you for reading: good to be connected!


  3. Milind says:

    Corporate life does force you to focus on the ‘result’. You’ve made an important point – “savor the moment”.


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