Reflections on the first week of running with a purpose
Last Saturday marked the first (ever) six weeks of training for the Goofy Challenge #runDisney event. It hit me today that I should stop for a moment and smell the roses and reflect on my accomplishments for this period.
Reflection #1: You got to trust the process and your training program
I’m the kind of person that likes to plan everything and visualize the finish line (no pun intended). Well, since running with a purpose is new to me this feel more like going with trial and error. Even when I’m supposedly following a training plan. I’ve learned that it’s a must to trust the program.
Reflection #2: Like everything else in life “comparisonitis” is a disease to avoid
My sister has been the catalyst to running with purpose. She has showed us what determination and not comparing ourselves to others do. It’s the beauty of running… we all are at different stages, different goals and definitions of success. That’s how silly “comparisonitis” is!
Reflection #3: Making sense of the numbers
It’s all about being real with yourself. Talking with my friends (who have been running for what it seems forever) I’ve learned that I really need to learn to make sense of running paces and goal times. I can’t say I’ll run, for example, a 30 minute 5k when I’ve been running it consistenly in the 48-50 minutes. There’s work to be done to get there.
Reflection #4: Being a slow runner is a-ok!
OK, I’m still working on this one. Like, I’m looking at a few races and their last year results to check if there was slower people than me. Being slow is something I’m embracing but still working with the possibility of being dead last in a race. My area has such faster runners. I need to keep finding the beauty of running slow. Again, it’s all about ourselves and taking the steps to be our own better version, right! Who cares if I can’t break a 14:00 mile (Yet!) I’m still running and soaking up the sun. My mantra: I’m running for me and not for anybody else.
Reflection #5: Train your mind as much as you train the body
Last but not least, training your mind is much more important. Thinking positive thoughts and repeating mantras have been working for me. “I can do this!” is my favorite mantra. I try to think like a child on my long runs. Children don’t know the meaning of impossible, the restraint of the phrase “I can’t.”, saying no. I want that same state of mind where it’s like a super fun scavenger hunt and the prize is better health and a good hour of sweat.0