I hope that quote made you laugh a little bit to yourself. How we frame a task means everything when it comes to how much time we’re willing to spend on it – AND how much benefit might be gleaned from it!
Which gets me thinking…what does it mean to have “fun” when doing this kind of work? Which at times is certainly a “grind” and never seems to go as fast as we hope?
Similarly…what about hard races? Are THOSE fun?
Let me ask: Have you ever told a training partner or friend to “have fun” as they were approaching a race or workout? I know I have, many times.
If it’s a really challenging race or workout we’re talking about, what in the hell is “fun” about going so deeply into oxygen debt that you feel like you’re gonna die or worse, throw up all over yourself? 🙂
That question has resonated with me for a while. And it certainly resonates when we’re talking about the challenging training that’s inside of THIS program.
I mean, I always say…. “have fun”… to an athlete I am speaking with when I know it’s the last time I’ll chat with them prior to a race.
What’s YOUR value hierarchy?
In his most recent book, “Everything is F*ucked – A Book About Hope,” author Mark Manson tells a story of a good friend of his who at one time, was one of the hardest partiers he’d ever known. She’d “stay out all night and then go straight to work from the party – with zero hours of sleep.” In order of importance, really awesome DJs, drinking and drugs, were tops for her – sleep and work was at the bottom.
Then, as he puts it, “she did one of those volunteer abroad things, where young people spend a couple of months working with orphans in a Third World country.” That “changed everything.” All of a sudden, “suddenly, as if by magic, the parties stopped being fun. Why? Because they interfered with her top priority: helping suffering kids.” He went on to describe how she changed careers and was all about her work. Drinking and doing drugs? A thing of the past.
She didn’t “lose” the partying. As Manson explained, she didn’t lose anything by giving up the parties. It’s just that they stopped being fun.
“Fun” is a function of our value hierarchies: I’ll admit I get a little emotional at times when I talk about running injuries – training smart for the betterment of our body, not to its detriment. Aging “gracefully” and extending our active lifespan so that we can run and train and race for as long as we’re fortunate to be alive. Passion is a word that’s often used to describe me when I’m speaking about it.
It’s funny weird, but I often find myself getting so passionate about it, it can be a little intimidating for the listener. And that can sometimes put people off a little bit. I get it.