The road to the start line of a marathon or any endeavor in life does require vision and commitment. The greatest part of this is getting into the mix of things and actually starting to make your move towards that goal. When you are in the middle of it you are alive and its exciting and you get up everyday and you thrive on the anticipation. There is nothing that can stop you, you feel invincible. The day comes when you toe up to the start line or you come to that big day in your life and everything comes together and you crush it. Is there any better feeling in the world?
But what about that day when nothing comes together? You toe up to the start line of the marathon or race or you show up to the big day or event in your life and it doesn’t go as planned and you crash hard. Its devastating and you feel like the world around you is crumbling.
There are two types of runners with two types of personalities that will respond to this.
The first runner will get down on himself or herself for a good week, and then slowly start to come back to life. They will start to look for answers and then will start to train with immense vigor and let their emotion take over and chances are without knowing it will start to get back in the same training pattern and will start to train the same way with just more intensity only to set themselves up with the same results in a few months or so at the next race.
Then there is the runner who gets down, as we are all untitled to do, and then the next day shakes it off and realizes in order for me to reach my goals I have to make a DECISION to do something different and DO things differently. It is only when you change your habits that you will produce different results. This runner will train differently and will work just as hard and with the same intensity as the other runner we mentioned above and on race day will produce a different result. The greatest part is during the process of training differently and changing things, it is only then that you realize everything you were doing wrong. Such is life isn’t it?
The real work is now that you have made the decision to change things who do you go to for change? Lets face it, there are always people around you that know everything and have their own ideas about how to train and run, We are surrounded by these people everywhere, especially if you are in a big running club or track club. But the reality is we are all MADE differently and what works for smart guy over here or smart girl over here does not mean it will work for you. As we speak no matter what part of the world you are in there is someone you know or someone you can be in contact with that has a proven track record,, someone who is qualified or certified with real running credentials and understands the specifics of training and tailoring a training schedule to specifically reach YOUR goals. It’s not the fast girl or guy who just started running 5 years ago and qualified for Boston 3 times. Running Boston is no qualification to help you or anyone.
Here are some questions you need to think about.
Are you mixing your running up with various hard and easy workouts? Are you recruiting fast and slow twitch muscle fibers to carry you to the next level?
Are you getting the proper rest between workouts?
Do you realize how your blood PH Level will affect your workouts from day-to-day and ways to keep it balanced? ( if ph blood level is unbalanced you really never get full optimal performance in training and instead can break down the body to the point of fatigue or injury)
Do you know where your lactate threshold is and are you trying to raise it? Do you know how?
How is your leg turnover? Are you improving this? Are you over striding? A shorter stride, quicker leg turnover is pure running efficiency.
Do you know what it will take to run a specific goal pace? How specific workouts with specific times will match your goals?
Many runners have goals but no tools to help them achieve their goals. Getting the right tools is not hard. Other runners have goals and also have the tools but have inner conflict. Is this you? Do you believe in yourself? Do you feel you deserve the goal? Maybe it is an inner conflict that is not allowing you to achieve. Listen to your body.
I often hear many runners say they want to become a great runner or they want to become a great triathlete or become a great ultramarathoner and until they achieve this goal or that goal then they will be that. I say find a plan that works for you, tailored for you and your goal, execute with massive action and belief and you will find yourself achieving your goal and BECOMING WHAT YOU HAVE ALWAYS BEEN
You are on the cusp of reaching your goals, get the right tools and dig deep inside of yourself, the answers are always in your heart.
Become what you have always been
Your friend, Ryan