It seems to me there are 2 types of runners (Well. This isn’t really true, but let’s face it, playing which-group-of-people-is-my-group-of-people is fun.):
1. Those who find stress stressful
2. Those who find boredom stressful
1. THOSE WHO FIND STRESS STRESSFUL. (We can call these people “TWFSS” for short).
Traits of TWFSS group:
They value relaxing.
These are the people that work hard so they don’t have to work hard. An ideal vacation would be lying on a beach sipping Pina coladas and not getting caught in the rain.
Imagine them as cheetahs. Cheetahs laze around until it’s time to work. And then they run faster than any creature in the entire world, catch some grub, eat it, and veg out trying to stay stress free until the next mealtime.
They are loads of fun unless they are overwhelmed.
Perks of being TWFSS
These people are usually laid back. They get through life using what I have just-now-this-second coined the “punctuated productivity method.” They are stressed, work hard to fix it, usually get overwhelmed while trying to fix it, and then return to a long period of homeostasis (Which consists of Netflix and nap-nap time, mostly.)
Common Problems of TWFSS:
They get overwhelmed at the small tasks. Especially if said tasks that cut into Netflix and nap-nap time. Those tasks are interfering with the job of being a professional runner! They do not compartmentalize their stress easily and let it affect their running.
Advice for the TWFSS:
Try not to let those unexpected problems throw off your mojo.
Compartmentalize some of that stress—don’t let it affect your workout!
Don’t overcommit to activities.
2. THOSE WHO FIND BOREDOM STRESSFUL. (TWFBS).
Traits of TWFBS:
These people are the ones who go backpacking as a “vacation.”
I imagine these runners as Australian Shepherds (dog). I was watching my friends Shepherd. It did this weird thing where it just did laps around the coffee table. I thought it was having some type of meltdown. Or a short circuiting of the brain and was stuck running in circles in my living room for the rest of its life. I called friend to apologize for breaking her dog. Apparently this is “normal” for the dog when it gets bored, and I was to give the dog tasks. That way the dog wouldn’t get stressed out from the boredom.
Perks of TWFBS:
These are your go-getters.
They are intense, insanely hard to get a hold of, and may be viewed as “space cadets” since they are bouncing around from idea to idea.
If these people were a workout, they’d be 20x400 at mile race pace with 1 min recovery. (Meaning: They go hard, they don’t stop, and they don’t seem to notice how tiring the workout is).
Common Problems of the TWFBS:
If they do not find ways to be productive, they self-destruct. They will create problems just to fix them.
Advice for the TWFBS:
SCHOOL! And/or a career outside of your life as a professional runner!
It may seem like you are not taking your running career seriously if you have “distractions” like school…but sometimes distractions create balance.
And that’s why going to Pharmacy School is the best decision I could have made for my running career. I am that Australian shepherd (figuratively, not literally. I don't do laps around my coffee table).