It is a book to open people to the ‘how to run” aspect – or “how to become a runner“ and yes, definitely those who haven’t run much and a interested to follow a path of least resistance
But – it also has a philosophical aspect that means that people who have run for years can get something from it – some deeper insight or connection to themselves through the art of running.
Julia has been running all of her life, it has informed how she has chosen to live from a very young age and has been the bedrock of her ‘practice’ both physical and spiritual – in fact it has become her spiritual practice through the mirror of seeing herself reflected back in her running endeavours.
Julia achieved her first international vest at the age of 19 and went on to run at international level for the next 13 years.
Her most notable achievements were winning the Dublin City Marathon, being placed 7th woman in the London Marathon ( 3rd British) in a time of 2.36.31 and competing in the Commonwealth Games Marathon in 1986.
Chapter 6: Seasons – how they influence you
‘To everything there is a season’; running has a flow and an ebb; we build up for an event and in the past there were definite ‘seasons’ in alignment with the actual seasons. There was the winter season for building a strong base, lots of mileage, and endurance work, to be ready to emerge for the track season ready to fine tune and get fast and use all the strength.
The same applied with marathon running really – two a year max, one in the autumn and one in the spring. Times are different now and we create our own seasons, build up for races, set goals, arrive at them, then a fallow period of recovery before going again, and the seasons in the UK rotate around us, marching by and we are rotated through spring, summer, autumn and winter.
The secret to happiness of course is to appreciate all the seasons and they all have their glory and they mean that we are connected with nature, one with it all.
The summer too of course has its considerations, sun screen a must, although in truth this should be worn year round, a camelback taken at all times to keep hydration levels high, particularly in really hot weather; come autumn and winter clothing is of the essence, ‘there is no such thing as bad weather, simply inappropriate clothing’ and nowadays there is no excuse for getting cold and wet as he clothes on offer are so amazing!!
There is the joy of the wind and rain in our face, of being out on a snowscape – being aware of footing and safety at all times of course; running through muddy trails and fields, feeling alive, the child within out to play.
Running in the dark and seeing the sun rise over the sea. That all said – I love the sunny months.
About the Author: Julia Chi Taylor
In the late 70’s all through the 80’s and into the early 90’s she competed regularly for England and GB at distances from 5k to Marathon. Some of her best performances include winning the 1985 Dublin Marathon and finishing 7th woman (3rd British woman) in the 1986 London Marathon in a time of 2.36.31 where she was selected to run in the Commonwealth Games.
She still competes now as a master over 55, regularly winning her age group in races around the world. She’s was also part of the winning team for the national master X country championships in March this year, 2016. Julia has coached and mentored others to achieve their dreams in sport and life for the past forty years!