I’m a visual learner. Concepts and information really don’t stick with me unless I read them, am able to conjure up a visualization, or write them down. Everything else goes in one ear and out the other. And if the idea is numbers-heavy, forget about it… I already have.
Because of this tendency, I like graphics and charts. Throw some information into a nice little diagram, and I am all over it. Succinct, structured, clear, fun colors- it doesn’t get any better!
I’m telling you all this because my sister sent me an article from the New York Times called Training Insights From Star Athletes, which features tips on organization, motivation, and concentation from professional endurance athletes. The part of this article that stuck with me
were the parts about running was the section about the “energy pie.”
The general gist is this: Dr. David Martin, a physiologist at Georgia State University, helped a distance runner, Steve Spence, improve his performance by organizing his priorities into a pie chart called an energy pie. The pie was made up of all the things that demanded time and attention in Spence’s life, and slice sizes were determined by how much time they currently needed.
Spence realized that his training slice(s) needed to be bigger in order to reach his running goals, so he took an inventory of all the things in his energy pie and prioritized, leaving him with more training opportunities. Most notably, Spence carved out a massive slice when he quit graduate school to be come a professional runner. It was quite an extreme move, but Spence went on to make the 1992 Olympic team, and now coaches cross country and track at a Division II university.
All of that from a pie chart concept. Incredible!
So I’ve evaluated my energy pie, and here’s what I have decided to do: Quit my job and become a professional runner.
I need to get back to running before I evaluate my life pie, so I’m applying the energy pie concept to only my training energies for now.
What does my normal weekly training regimen entail? How can I reorganize so it’s better suited to my long term goals of
world domination ongoing injury prevention and a marathon PR?
And I wonder why I get injured every couple years? Lacking.
Let’s rethink this.
Less road miles, more strengthening. It’s a start!
Making pie charts is fun! Maybe I should factor in “pie chart making” when evaluating my life pie.
One more pie just for the heck of it.
Mmmm… pie. What’s in your energy pie?