We all have bad runs, training weeks, or even whole training cycles leading up to a poor race.
There are two ways consider poor time performances.
- You can look at it as a failure and get yourself down about it.
- You can look at it as a challenge and motivation to work harder.
Let’s dive deeper in to #2!
When I moved from ultra marathons and a lot of long slow distance running to much less volume but more higher quality training, I had a great deal of running improvement with PRs from the 5k to the half marathon.
Now a couple years later I’ve gradually increased my average training volume, yet my race times have even slowed a bit.
Instead of using the last few racing seasons as ways to let me down, I’ve been able to rally and create motivation!
In the last six months I’ve been able to up my volume a bit more and run more consistently than I’ve ever done. Along with this I’ve improved my diet by doing a great job of reducing my daily added sugar intake and have even dropped a few pounds!
It’s cliche, but it’s one of the most important things you must keep in mind, no matter what activity or skill yours striving to improve.
Setbacks happen, but as Tina Muir from The Runners Connect said, “I’ve always been glad for every one of my injuries” and that’s because they teach us about weaknesses and things we are overlooking in our diet or training. In the Runners Connect podcast, Dr. Beecham discusses why failure should happen and how it can strengthen you.
And the video above, while the story of a cyclist, is a fantastic short documentary about using a devastating disappointment as motivation to take his training to new heights.
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