On another note, isn’t it funny how you can oscillate between positive and negative spaces regarding running in like a whole day? Exhibit A: Last post. So negative! Debbie Running Downer! Who was that writing that: Angry Runner Person?!
My mom, who knows very little about running, said, “But, haven’t you just been fun running since that marathon and not training?”
Mom, so wise.
Here were my goals for December and how I fared:
1. To build mileage at the rate my body allows. There is no magic number.
Check — done with flying colors. While I wasn’t so good at not feeling guilty about not running, I never stressed out over how much I should run. Four to five milers were totally my jam…and sometimes those turned to three or six or [only one time] nine. I only used my watch if I was going for minutes rather than time (ie 40 min run). I am the world’s greatest 10 min per mile pace four to five mile runner.
2. To continue to do strength stuff twice a week.
Check-ish — done fairly well. I did do strength stuff at least once a week every week…twice per week did not happen every week. But, something is better than nothing right?!
3. To be more adaptable with rest.
Nope – failed miserably there. I have such guilt if I don’t run unless I have planned it in advance. Work in progress…
My Believe I Am journal is one of my most cherished running gadgets. I’d pick it over my Garmin any day if I had to choose.
I find there is a lot of power in putting pen to paper. I don’t know what the kids do these days, but I’ve always had a hand written planner, I have hand written all of my notes throughout college and medical school, and when I’m stressed, I doodle or draw (at the level of a 3rd grader; my specialities are stars and initials).
Writing each night what I did exercise that way reminds of how much time and effort I really do put into running. It serves as my pat on the back and my motivation to continue tomorrow.
The journal provides ample space to write all of my running victories, disappointments (there are no failures in my book), insecurities, confidence boosters, related quotes, neuroses and, quite possibly psychoses. I like that I have one organized little notebook that has all of my running info – from how many miles I ran to how I felt about it to what I was thinking to what my new goal is….so on and so forth. It’s all in there and easily accessible.
Finally, the Believe I Am journal has one of the most effective goal setting tool and visual cue I’ve ever come across.
There are only 3 goal flowers in the journal. While this doesn’t mean you can’t set other goals (obviously), I like to think of those flowers as overarching, all-encompassing goals consistent with my running ethos (“to chase joy”). With only three flowers, goals should not be carelessly written in. Then, in having to enumerate the reasons this goal is important to you (leaves) and steps to achieve it (petals), I am left with a nice visual cue of something I want to achieve that is readily available. When I’m frustrated or a bit lost in my running “life,” I can quickly come back to this page and be grounded and motivated yet again.
Runners shell out for shoes, gadgets, training plans, and nutrition quite often. I’d argue that of anything you buy this year, the Believe I Am training journal should be at the top of your list. I find it that valuable to my training and mentality towards running.
To wrap things up, as we #sistersinsport head into the new year, remember:
“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy” – Dale Carnegie
“Courage is fear turned inside out. It is impossible to be courageous if at first you weren’t afraid.” – Bob Rotella
Dream bigger in lucky 2013!
TELL ME: ONE RUNNING GOAL YOU HAVE FOR 2013 AND/OR A FAVORITE QUOTE YOU’RE BRINGING INTO 2013…