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In May, go your own way

En mai, fais ce qu’il te plaît

There’s a French expression: “En avril, ne te découvres pas d’un fil. En mai fais ce qu’il te plaît.” (In April, don’t go out underdressed. In May, do what makes you happy.) It sounds better in French.

It’s a recognition of the beauty and freedom of the month of May – long days, mild weather, chance of unexpected storms is much diminished. Shed your winter precautions. Get out and do what you want!

I love this expression for implicit “joie de vivre“, a reminder to seize the moment and enjoy the outdoors.

Those of us in the endurance world usually heed this advice, as May often brings longer events, races, days in the woods and mountains. We’ve spent a lot of time indoors the last few months, and now is the time to get outside with reckless abandon.

Personal updates

As our family is preparing to move back across the Atlantic, and our two month countdown has begun, I have been taking the expression to heart of “Fais ce qu’il te plaît.” to heart. I’m not that focused on racing goals, since I checked off a Boston qualifier in April. I’m training for fun and by feel. Some days that’s a 90 minute trail run, some days it’s a spontaneous surf session. More often than not recently, it’s been a lot of mountain biking. The biking around here is fantastic, and I have a few friends to ride with, which always makes for more fun. The weather has made it extra enjoyable.

Training takeaways

In May, have fun and be spontaneous! Do something different to break out of your routine. Stay out longer than usual. Run at a different time of day. Do a race that makes you a little nervous. But make sure it’s fun :-))))

Random thoughts

I’ve had a lot of conversations with my athletes about technology in the last few months. Watches just keep getting better, and the functions they perform keep getting more impressive. My philosophy is akin to Cal Newport’s Digital Minimalism: we should use only the digital tools that serve us, not get distracted by the shiny objects. Only use those functions that serve you, and ignore the rest. Don’t know what HRV or heart rate zones are? What’s your fitness score? Who cares!? In running, the most meaningful feedback comes from your performance: are you improving, and do you feel good doing it? That’s it. Run for you, not for some number on your watch.

Which brings me back to the theme of this post: Fais ce qu’il te plaît. Do what makes you happy.

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