Lately my races haven’t been quite as fast as I would like them to be. Since running my first marathon this past January, it has taken me much longer than I thought it would to recover. While my times have still been good and I have even won a few races since the marathon, I just thought that I would be performing at a slightly higher level. When I get stuck in a rut like this, it reminds me to take a step back and look at the situation in a different perspective. I remind myself that a few races that are sub par don’t really matter in the grand scheme of life. I remember that I have two beautiful, healthy children to come home to (along with a very, loving husband) after every run, workout and race.
There is so much more to life then just our athletics. Sometimes its hard to think that life will go on after a bad race or loss in any other type of sporting event. We must always remind ourselves that in the bigger picture, it really doesn’t matter. We eventually will forget about our less than perfect performances and look forward to the ones in our future with much room for improvement. In addition, we can always learn from our bad races and games too. For me, I can take a step back and remind myself not to take out too fast or too slow when the gun goes off. I can also look at my training and evaluate whether I am doing too much or not enough in my interval workouts. For someone else, they can also step back and take a look at how they can make their game better and fix it!
No matter what it is that makes us not perform exactly how we want to, we can always learn more about ourselves from it. More importantly too, we can also always remind ourselves to keep our sports in perspective in the bigger picture in our lives. Write down all of the things that are important to you OTHER than sports as a way to teach yourself how many special things you have in your life. School, friends, family, pets, good health, STRONG BONES, any type of other hobbies or fun that you have outside of your athletics. When I do this, it helps me relax and take some pressure off my races and training. What always ends up happening then, is I end up performing even better than I did before because my mind is finally at ease and my nerves calm down. As competitive athletes sometimes it works better to be a little less intense, take a step back and just breathe. Not being too hard on ourselves is sometimes the answer to success!
NUTRITION TIP OF THE DAY: Coconut water! Drink lots of it! Now that summer is around the corner, the temps are going up and we need to be extra careful about hydrating. Coconut water is like a natural gatorade. There are tons of electrolytes which will help you replenish and recover from sports. Stores sell it everywhere these days, so don’t hesitate to give it a try when you see it!