I’m not a naturally “fast” runner. Growing up, I was always played sports and I would consider myself a “jock” in high school, but running fast was never “my thing”. I think I have mentioned this before, but Coaches used to tell me: “You aren’t a fast runner, but you have pretty good endurance.” It was the reason I play Center-Midfield on our soccer team (the position that runs around the most, but is not considered the fastest runner on the team).
Anyway, once one Coach told me that, it gave me a pass and the freedom to not have to try to be a faster runner. “I just wasn’t fast.” End of story.
Over the last six months, I have been working hard to change that imbedded thought of “you are just not fast”. Dorothy was the first one to tell me that I could run a Sub-4 Marathon back in January 2012, when my marathon PR was only 5:05 (I thought she was crazy). She believed it, but I didn’t. It wasn’t until I started writing in my Believe I Am Training Journal that my thoughts started to change.
Every time I run, I try to write one positive note or quote in my journal (see below).
I know that changing 27 years of “you aren’t fast” thoughts isn’t going to happen over night, and “turning off the light” on negative thoughts is easier said then done, but evidentially things have started to change for me. I wouldn’t have been able to PR in the Marathon, Half Marathon, & 10K distances in the last couple of months without changing my thoughts.
GOAL #1. Believe in Myself (Think Positively). See changes I made above.
Next Month: Continue to write positive notes in journal, and start to DREAM BIGGER. What else can I accomplish? What are my dreams for 2013?
Goal #2: Keeping Track of Gut (stomach) Issues. Yikes. This one is still tough for me. I didn’t talk about my stomach issues or my fueling (lack there of) at the Philly Marathon, but this is something that I need to still work on. I have tried a bunch of alternative fueling options, but I still haven’t found what works best for me.
Next Month: Since I am on a little break from training, I am going to start researching some different fueling options to try next training cycle. Let me know if you have any ideas! Someone suggested that I take GUs randomly through out the day to get my stomach used to them?
Goal #3: PR in a Race (Any distance) before January 1st 2013. Goal accomplished! Boomshakalaka.
Next Month: Since goals can change at any time (my journal, my rules, right?), I am going to add a new goal. NEW GOAL: I would like to work on taking a step back from training and running in the next month. This doesn’t mean I won’t be running, but letting myself have a mini break. For the record, I don’t feel burnt out from running. In fact, I feel the opposite. In my mind, I want to run more, run faster. But I think my body might need a little down time before the next training cycle.