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This month’s topics are free so I’ve chosen: YOLO for Runners
What does it mean?
According to the dictionary:
YOLO is an acronym for “you only live once“. Similar to Latin “carpe diem” (“seize the day”), it implies that one should enjoy life, even if that entails taking risks, as if there would not be another chance for it.
For a runner, YOLO means:
- Running on a new path. We (or at least I do) tend to run on routes where we are comfortable. So to get out of this rut, you have to be adventurous.
- Run a race even if no one else you know is running it. Yes, it is more fun with friends but we shouldn’t not run a race just because “no friends are going.”
- Run a new distance. If it’s a longer distance, that’s pretty scary. (I mean I won’t run a full marathon.) But instead of 5ks and 10ks, try a different one. Besides, if it’s the first one, it’s automatically a PR.
- Be spontaneous. Be open to new experiences rather than over thinking and obsessing. Usually, I just sign up and plan later. But lately, I’ve been mulling races over more. Can I afford the race? Can I take the time off from work? Do I want to go that far? Mind you, they are all valid reasons not to run a race.
I have two more halfs this fall that I am having a tough time making decisions about. I may just postpone one until next year. And the other – TBD
This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup.
Happy Running! Are you a planner? Or a YOLO kind of runner?
You are doing a great job of YOLO so just do it 🙂
I try. But I can’t decide about PCB. The travel connections are complicated.
Great list! I am usually not spontaneous at all. I have a tendency to think things to death but I really need to work on just jumping into things 🙂
It is risky. There are races that I’ve done that I should have thought about more.
I am a planner, but I enjoy my Forrest Gump runs, as I call them – just going out without a particular distance or route in mind. I don’t do that often enough…
Those runs sound fun. That’s what I do during the week when I run alone.
Definitely a planner. But hey, if it weren’t for me, you would have never known about Zim Smith, right?
And Chester Challenge and dash to the finish from me 😊
I never heard of Yolo. But it Makes sense. I am debating whether to add a marathon to my calender this fall. I have been keeping up with my mileage so we will see.
That’s a big decision. I bet you do.
Great topic! For me, more now than ever, YOLO is how I’m living. Because with aggressive RA, I don’t know how much longer I’m going to be able to do any of this stuff! Hopefully forever, right?
None of us knows what the future brings. And yes, 4ever!!!!