You Can; But How. . Yesterday I stressed that no matter how engrained a habit or pattern is, the opportunity to forge a new course is always present. Convincing ourselves of that truth is the 1st step, but the work of how we go about changing remains. . There are several strategies that must be employed for real change to occur. I simply want to highlight one that is particularly useful, especially as it was the main factor in the change I describe in my latest post. For those that missed that, I was finally able to pull back on my running volume at the early signs of a potential injury, use cross training proactively, and avoid a major setback. . Making the commitment to a full week of cross training (i.e., no “real” running) was difficult. After the first day, my hip felt better and I considered going back to my regularly scheduled programming. But one thought prevented me from falling into my old ways: “I am running in London.” . As you can see, we recently took a family trip to London. I promised myself that no matter what, I was going to run while we were there. One of my favorite things about running is using it as a way to see the sites when we travel. I have seen so much and discovered unknown gems in cities we’ve visited by running. In urban areas, it’s actually amazing how much you can see when running even 5 miles. . This goal became my singular focus with my running. Anything that risked it had to be eliminated or changed. On days when I wanted to run because my hip felt “ok,” I knew there was the potential for a blow-out, which would mean multiple weeks off and no London runs. Having a clear and greater purpose allowed me to redirect my attention away from pushing for the sake of pushing and redefine the meaning of each run leading up to that goal. . I’m not training for a major race, making this shift a bit easier. I’m hopeful that during this time when I have this freedom to refocus that I am learning in ways that will create new habits when I get back into a training phase. I now realize that a healthy, even if slightly limited, training cycle will get me to the start/finish line much more effectively than one marred by fits of injury & rehab.