Fight The Resistance

One of my favorite things about running is the constant lessons it teaches us about life.  Some of these can be very apparent and some passively weave their way into our psyche.  A long run, with no head phones seems to open this door even more.

A favorite book of mine is Linchpin by Seth Godin.  I read the following passage and connected it to running.

“We don’t have a talent shortage, we have a shipping shortage.  Anyone who makes the choice to overcome the resistance and has the insight to make the right map can become a successful linchpin.”

There is no shortage of potential runners.  What we do have is an abundance of people who have succumb to excuses, obstacles and a force referred to as “the resistance”.

The resistance is what keeps you mediocre.  The resistance is what keeps you from running for the first time in years because you don’t want to be bad at it.  The resistance is what fizzles out evening motivation for an early morning run when the alarm clock goes off.  The resistance is that voice that says you can never be a more efficient, happy and accomplished runner.

“Pugna Resistencia” – Fight The Resistance

The key for an athlete to take control of their running experience is to not avoid the resistance, but to acknowledge it and deal with it promptly.  No distraction, no delay, no excuses.

The resistance is temporary.  Every time you step to the challenge, the resistance gets easier to fight.  As the resistance becomes less you don’t have to try so hard.  Your effort is still there, but that undeniable force pushing against us is forced to step away.

The resistance is what can keep you in the status quo.  RUNNING IS TOO BEAUTIFUL OF AN ACTION FOR IT TO FEEL AVERAGE  OR WORSE YET A CHORE.  Being confident you can deal with the resistance will put you in greater control of your running destiny.

Have a tip for fighting the resistance?  Don’t hold back, share you knowledge and experience.  If you have a strategy that worked for you, chances are pretty good it can be a great tool for some one else.


About Patton Gleason: He is president and founder of and the Flow Running teaching method.  He is a running industry veteran and loves the irony of promoting barefoot running and owning a store that sells shoes.  He lives in McKinney, Texas with his beautiful wife and three children.  He has got a thing for long runs, burpees, pumpkin pie and bluegrass music.  Seriously send him some pie.

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