These five things may be what running has taught me, but they apply to most areas of our lives: for weight loss, for school, for your job — seriously, anything life throws at you, running can teach you how to handle it.
Trust the process
Training for a race is definitely a process. No matter how long that race may be.
I’m not always good at trusting the process during the process — I get down on myself if I don’t hit the paces I’m aiming for; I feel like I’m not improving; I feel blindsided by setbacks, even though they’re normal.
That’s something I need to come to terms with.
I do trust the process when I toe the start line (unless injured). By then I know I have done my work, and I trust that it will bring me through the race.
Bad things can happen, I realize that. And even if I’ve done the work, sometimes conditions will rob me of the outcome I’m hoping for.
But I feel ready, prepared, and able.
Small steps, Ellie
Improvement in running rarely comes in leaps and bounds, so to speak. It can be a matter of seconds. And it can take months to see a few seconds improvement.
If you trust the process (there it is again!), yes, you will be rewarded.
It’s never as bad as you think it is
Well, sometimes it really is.
Most of the time, on the other hand, it’s not as cold as you think it is. It’s not as hot as you think it is. The workout isn’t as tough as you’ve made it out in your mind to be.
So turn your mind off and just step out your door, and in those famous Nike words: just do it!
The right equipment makes everything better
The right shoes.
The right socks.
The right fabrics.
The right fuel.
The right hydration.
There will be good days and bad days
No matter what equipment you have, no matter how mentally prepared you are, no matter what the weather is — there will just be good runs and bad runs.
Accept that it’s, yup, you got it — part of the process.
Do you trust the process?