|May 31, 2016||Posted by Melinda under Uncategorized|
I was listening to a podcast – Trail Runner Nation Podcast, one of their recent ones, now too lazy to go look up the exact link. Because let’s face it, after a weekend in the motorhome with 3 dogs (one of which is a crazy
b*tch spayed-female that tries to eat one of the other dogs and whines all the time, and another that tries to help all the time, and a third that constantly begs to go on adventures ALL THE TIME), a husband with a migraine, AND a teething child, you will forgive me if citing the exact chapter and verse on these things is low on my list of priorities?
Now where were we?
Ah yes. Podcast. Listening to a podcast.
This was the podcast where I got this gem of an idea, and now, I want to share with you another one: Simple Rules.
The idea came from some book on business I think (which I could look up, but I’m not going to because of the before mentioned concept) but is applicable to all SORTS of things.
And running. And nutrition. And conditioning. And race day.
And anything else you can think of.
It’s a simple concept that goes like this.
- The simple rules have to be simple.
- They pertain to a defined activity.
- There are 3-5 of them MAX.
- They are individual
I realized that I have simple rules that I have followed consistently over the years, although I had never defined them as such. Here’s some examples: I don’t trot down hill in conditioning, I walk up on the uphills for the first half of any running race, I automatically trot anything flat and not technical in an endurance ride, don’t trot at a ride if the rocks are bigger than the size of my fist etc.
With some thought, I’ve decided the power of defining simple rules is:
- to better define things that have helped me be successful over the years and provide a starting point on what other simple rules in various activities may be needed for my life.
- to help invoke the power of auto-decisions in my every day life and during endurance events (which reduces decision making fatigue, which we have discussed adnoseum here on the blog)
- to create a better forum for sharing specific pieces of situational advice to others.
Wow! With that potential list of benefits, how can we not talk about simple rules in a blog post and maybe share our individual simple rules?
So, here’s what we are going to do. I’m going to share some of my simple rules that adhere to the guidelines above (simple, defined activity, 3-5 max, individual to me)…and I would LOVE to hear some of your simple rules. I know you have some, even if you haven’t defined them as such – what thing do you ALWAYS do or not do when you leave for ride camp? when you start a ride? when you are at a vet check? On ride day? When you are getting ready for a 50? or for a 100?
Leave in the comments, or leave us a link to your blog if you write a post :).
Mel’s simple rules for…
- Always portion out of the big bag
- No soda
- Leave room on the plate for seconds, and then most of the time don’t get them
- No processed foods before noon.
- Get up when the alarm goes off
- If it’s on the calendar, do it!
…Conditioning endurance horses
- Don’t trot down hills
- Ride for time, not for miles
- Eat after every run
- Run a mile before giving up
…At a ride
- Never feel like I’m hurrying, never feel like I’m wasting time.
- If I’m not having fun, get off an walk or run.
- Trot everything that is trottable, walk everything else
- Buy the ride photo.