The truth is that I am really writing this post to myself (although hopefully it will be of interest to someone else). Have you ever been a better advice giver than taker. That would be me.
The truth is that it can be easy to give up or quit when things are not going your way. This applies to everything in life, but it can be applied to running too.
The truth is that it is a whole lot easier tell someone to be a good sport and learn from their mistakes than it is to actually do it for yourself.
I remember when my daughter was younger working a lot with her on being a good sport. She does not like losing and has no problem expressing that. But no one really likes to be around someone who is a poor sport.
The truth is that during my last few races I was being a poor sport on the inside. I walked a couple of times in both of these races. Not because I really needed too, but because the race was not going as I planned and I was giving up. Sure, I was able to muster things back up again and finish strong, but there were some ugly middle miles (mentally and physically).
The truth is that I did not trust my training. I went out trying to bank some time thinking I would fade in the end. Mistake.
My advice is not to put much mental energy into bad races. Don’t dwell on them. They are just one run out of thousands. They are bound to happen and they are part of the reason why great races feel so great!
The truth is that you can do everything right and still have a bad race. There are a lot of things that you just can’t control (unfortunately). Just work on controlling the controllables :).
I could have controlled my pacing and I could have controlled my attitude and I didn’t.
These are lessons learned (hopefully). Not to say I will never make the same mistake again, but hopefully I remember these races and be a whole lot less likely to make the same mistake :).
The last 2 long runs that I have done have felt so amazing. I ran them both with my husband and my kids rode bikes. The main goal was to start very conservatively and get progressively get faster each mile. There were several times in both of these runs that my husband had to remind me to check my pace. If mile 1 is 8:40 mile 2 shouldn’t be 7:40 on this type of a run! This past Saturday we did 12 miles with mile 1 being 8:50 and mile 12 was 6:45. Each mile was faster than the one before and I felt strong at the end.
Time to move on to the next race. I have a 10k on the 4th of July. It has been almost 2 1/2 years since my last 10k!!!!
Do you have a hard time taking your own advice?
Have you ever struggled with your attitude during races?
Who else is racing the 4th of July!!!!!!