I had a horrible run yesterday and it was killing me. Not during the run, mind you, but after the run. During the run I was merely overtired and dehydrated. That was bad enough, but this bad run was hanging over my head… calling me names…taunting…telling me that I was not good enough. The hills were huge. As I remembered the contours of each hill, they seemed to come alive, grimacing and laughing at me.
How can one run haunt me so much so quickly? Probably because I have chosen some lofty goals and a short timeline. With all of that pressure, I had no time for a bad run. Bad runs, however, are inevitable. We can’t control all of the things that life throws at us and we are certainly prone to making mistakes. Logically, this was not the end of the world, but it felt like it.
How did I slay the specter of the bad run? I rested up for a day, I was well-fueled and hydrated, I set a realistic goal for today’s run, AND… most importantly, I set the course for today’s run in the toughest part of yesterday’s run.
I looked those grimacing hills straight in the eyes and shouted, “NO! You will not win. I may not be as fast as I want to be, but I am on my way. You will not win. ”
I did not set any new records today, but I did run a reasonably good time for course and conditions. I faced the specter of doubt cast upon me by yesterday’s fiasco.
Tomorrow looks pretty darn good.
“Train smart, eat well, & enjoy the run!” — P. Mark Taylor
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