If you find yourself flagging

Smart Phone

Six weeks ago, my friend Christi­na and I start­ed fol­low­ing a fit­ness pro­gram. After not run­ning since my soc­cer days (and only then either chas­ing or being chased), we start­ed train­ing for the 5k Col­or­Run. We’re fol­low­ing the very sen­si­ble Couch to 5K run­ning pro­gram and duti­ful­ly fol­low­ing the ver­bal instruc­tions giv­en us by Get Run­ning — an appli­ca­tion on our phones. As we work our way through the train­ing inter­vals, a very pleas­ant British female voice tells us when to start and stop run­ning, and peri­od­i­cal­ly gives us words of encour­age­ment. Her accent adds a sense of sophis­ti­ca­tion as we sweat our way around the park.

We often talk back to our British foe friend, and I would be less than truth­ful if I said that every­thing said to her was nice. In fact, for weeks we have made fun of her when she has offered one par­tic­u­lar sug­ges­tion, sar­cas­ti­cal­ly thank­ing her for her “sage” advice. When we embark on our longest run­ning inter­val she offers in her most pleas­ant and help­ful way, “Remem­ber to mod­er­ate your pace, and if you find your­self flag­ging, slow back a lit­tle to a pace you can main­tain.”  This is fol­lowed a bit lat­er by, “Don’t for­get you can slow your pace a lit­tle, should you need to.” For weeks Christi­na and I have laughed about this, imag­in­ing a per­son run­ning full speed about to fall out, but not know­ing how to solve their prob­lem. We pic­ture the per­son with their hair blown back, cheeks flap­ping as if in a wind tun­nel, painful­ly sprint­ing past with­out the com­mon sense to slow down.

But, last night as I was mak­ing my way around the park, it occurred to me that what seems such obvi­ous com­mon sense in run­ning is not applied to oth­er areas of our life.

Indeed, what if in those times when our lives are run­ning at a blis­ter­ing tem­po, a voice could remind us occa­sion­al­ly:

Remember to moderate your pace, and if you find yourself flagging, slow back a little to a pace you can maintain.”


Don’t forget you can slow your pace a little, should you need to.”

I hope my art­work can be that pleas­ant reminder — minus the british accent.

Mile Mark­er 261, 16x22



















  1. bigjim May 31, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    no lag­ging here!! full speed ahead!! phew!
    con­grats on keep­ing up the app work­outs!! i bet you sel­dom lag! xoj

    • Chris June 8, 2012 at 8:50 am #

      Look­ing for­ward to you slow­ing down in KC.

  2. erin June 1, 2012 at 8:53 am #

    great advice, for real. all jokes aside! 🙂 i’m very inspired by you two — keep up the good work.

    • Chris June 8, 2012 at 8:52 am #

      You two are a les­son in fol­low­ing your dreams!

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