Runs like that lead me to write this post. I tend to get very frustrated with myself and wonder why I can’t just finish my 6 in 6 months without some sort of injury…without ‘forced rest’…without worrying about upcoming marathon training and how that’ll go.
Running and racing can be two things that are very similar and different in many ways. The same can go for working out and then competing in a crossfit competition or figure competition. When losing sight of why we started an active life in the first place priorities can shift and, sometimes, not in the most positive way!
* Look at how far you’ve come. Has it been a while since you thought back to when you hit your first 5k and you just did your first half? Look at that journey and see how far you’ve come because of all of your hard work.
* Make attainable goals. Did you just hit a Personal Best of 2 hours in a half marathon and now you want to best that by 10 minutes? Make your goals attainable! If you just did a sub 2 half, try to best that by maybe 2 minutes. Or try to do it using proper form that you’ve just gotten better at. Time goals aren’t everything. I just did my 2nd sub 2 half, but did it solo – that in and of itself was a goal for me that I was so excited to achieve! Also, you don’t want to overdo it. Your body reaches goals with progress. Progress takes time, patience, and proper training and nutrition. Yes, you are a beast, but you’re human too.
I know that right now I’m not feeling 100% but that I’ve pushed my body through more than I ever thought I would. I never envisioned a year ago that I’d finish my first half marathon at 31 years old…much less do one a month thereafter for 6 months. I have to give myself credit for that. Instead, I tend to beat myself up when my body taps me on the shoulder asking for an extra rest day or two. I WILL WORK ON THIS. << Verbal affirmation via blog post 😉
Easier said than done, but I know I have to work on this too!
Do you tend to get caught up in competition?