Training is scary. Regardless of what you are training or working towards, it is all nerve-wracking. We put a un Godly amount of pressure upon ourselves. At times these pressures are so overbearing, leaving us with devastating outcomes. I want to touch base with disappointment and failing, because we tend to give ourselves expectations at times which only cripple our abilities. Track season has pretty much started, many have started training more vigorously. Track sessions and intervals have begun. Runners love to run, whether it is a long easy run, tempo, or hill session, we just love running. In any form or fashion. However, when it comes time for track season and we finally get to step onto the track, all we see is fireworks. We are lighting up with excitement to get our legs rolling on the track.
The first few track workouts are usually pretty decent. There is so much adrenaline fueling throughout our muscle we can barely hold in our excitement to be running on our battlefields. Then reality sinks in and a major snow storm which leave the tracks covered in 3 feet of snow inhibiting us from running on the track. Our once eager hearts are devastated making it easy to lose focus. Whether it is a bad workout, a snow storm, or an injury we beat ourselves up over failure. Many of us focus so much on the negative aspects, celebrating our failure over success. More emphasis is applied to our failures. No wonder so many of us are unsuccessful. ultimately we put too much time it to what we are doing wrong.
Hitting splits in training is ideal. However, there are days where either you just don’t have it or the elements got in your way. I use to be notorious for beating myself up over a bad workout. But all that got me doing was doubting my ability. We have heard it a million times. Running is 10% physical and 90% mental. By focusing on how poorly a workout was all you are doing is sulking in a pool full of your own tears. It is important to understand how every disappointment or bad workout is just a test. It is a test of HOW TOUGH YOU ARE…. HOW MUCH CAN YOU HANDLE? The message to take away from today is to learn from disappointment. Not to get caught up it failures and disappointments but raising above them. You are still strong. You still belong here!
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never-failing but in rising every time we fall”- Nelson Mandela