I started watching SATC probably way before I should have..lol… but I always loved her quotes at the end of each show. They always made so much sense to me and I felt like Carrie just “got it”. I STILL watch it everyday, thank you E! for the repeats, and it STILL makes me smile.
Yesterday day I spoke about how I managed to finish an 18 mile run, however along the way anything that could have happened did and how disappointed with myself I was…What I forgot to do was praise myself for FINISHING 18 miles because that IS an accomplishment. I forgot to remind myself that while many things went wrong on Sunday, I DID keep going, and I learned how to keep going regardless of all of the things that went wrong. Dawn from Running:the Dawn said something that made me realize that Sunday was necessary in order to get better:
“here’s the thing. i believe that “bad” training runs are actually better than good ones. it lets you deal with the emotional side of running. for me, the race that i ran my bq, the biggest struggle was that all of my long runs had been perfect…i never had to deal with disappointment, fear, doubt, etc in training. so, when i started to panic after mile 20 i didn’t have the tools i needed to pull myself together. it was terrifying to feel myself fall apart.
now, i see terrible runs for what they are…an opportunity to explore what failure feels like, but to face it and push through. learning to not let those doubts and fears control me.
your next run will be better because this run made you better.”
I have said it before but I guess I didn’t realize it… bad runs are necessary. They make you appreciate the good ones even more and they teach you a lot about yourself. I took yesterday off to “breathe and reboot” and today I’m going to put my running kicks back on and go do what I was meant to do…thanks again Dawn.
What is the best running advice someone has given you recently?