I work in a school and our superintendent gave us the book titled, “The Energy Bus” by Jon Gordon. It has been our theme at school this year and there’s nothing better than a bunch of enthusiastic teachers!
I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. I read the entire book on the drive to the Dam to Dam Half Marathon in Iowa. Which was probably good because that was a really tough race.
Every chapter was perfect with rules on how to make your life a little more positive. I believe I drove the Hubs crazy because every rule made me so excited that all he heard was “Listen to this rule….”
So I thought I would see if these rules would work in running. I mean we are all individual buses on the road right? Here are the rules and welcome to my Energy Bus!
10 Rules for the “RUN” of your Life
1. You’re the Driver of the Bus.
Rule 1 is all about personal responsibility. Just like we are responsible for the direction of our lives, we are also responsible for our training, our fuel and how we treat our body. Make your bus strong with the proper nutrition, rest and smart training it needs to keep it moving happily down the road.
2. Desire, Vision and Focus move your bus in the right direction.
You have to want it! Each action must be in the direction of your goal for your next race or next training day. That’s the only way to stay on track.
That’s why I like writing my training miles on my calendar. It lets me know what I need to do it and there’s no question as to should I run. It’s written and I just plain do it.
As for a vision, I remember visualizing in my head the red finish line of the Chicago Marathon every time I finished a training run. In my head I could hear the cheers of the crowd and see that red banner. And when I really finished the race, it was no surprise that I could finish strong with a smile on my face.
3. Fuel your Ride with Positive Energy.
Positive energy is the fuel that allows you to overcome obstacles. Positive energy is high octane fuel. This is where all those great mantras come into play.
Making sure the positive energy takes practice. During a training run change the “I can’t finish this” to “I can run 1 more mile or to 1 more tree or just 1 more minute.” And keep doing it until you are done!
4. Invite People on Your Bus and Share your Vision for the Road Ahead.
Associating with people who push you forward will keep you running. It’s more fun to run with people who encourage you. Keep the momentum of training and racing strong with like-minded people. Plus, who else is going to want to listen to all your training stories? That’s why I LOVE RUN CLUBS!!!!
5. Don’t Waste Your Energy on those who don’t get on your Bus.
There are some people who will never, ever run and think you are totally crazy for doing it. (I personally take this as a compliment!) So don’t waste your energy forcing them onto the trails.
Most will never have the calling to spend hours in the sun to get in the training miles. They just don’t get it and that’s OK. Though, I will admit, I do get a certain sense of pride when I can convert a non-runner into a runner. LIKE THE HUBS!!!
6. Post a Sign that says “No Energy Vampires Allowed” on your Bus.
Find what makes you happy about running and keep on doing it. If your joy is running 5Ks and 10Ks at full-throttle to the finish line then go for it. Do you love the long miles and watching the world go by at a comfortable pace then do it. Are you one who likes to go to races for fun and just love soaking in all the energy at a race? Then do it!
7. Enthusiasm attracts more Passengers and Energizes them during the Ride.
If you are excited, your passengers will be excited. That’s how I believe my run club evolved. Where else are you going to get more excited about a your race, training, and successes but with your fellow runners? Before you know it, your group has grown to 5 or 6 people running together to a pack of 25-30!
8. Love your Passengers.
Who’s your passenger in running? YOU ARE! So be kind to yourself and accept the level you are in right now. You can use others to inspire you but run your own race.
9. Drive with Purpose.
Have a goal. Is it to run longer, faster or enjoy the run? Is it to lose weight or grab a new PR? Or is it to just use the time to recharge and burn away some frustration from the day. Is it just to relax? Whatever the reason for running is fine as long as it’s YOUR purpose.
10. Have Fun and Enjoy the Ride.
When running is fun, you don’t get tired of it. Keep it fun!
Read The Energy Bus!
If you get chance, I would highly recommend this book. For more information go to http://www.theenergybus.com/. It’s a fast, easy read to enjoy for any part of your life.
Ever have a book that you just plain love?