Wow, this semester is flying by! Since I am a “long term professional student” (only 4.5 years left!) I still tend to organize my life into semesters. Anyways, this semester I have been training and rehabilitating my ankle to get ready for my next race, the Turkeys and Taturs 50km . I am actually pretty nervous about this race because it will be the longest distance I have gone, especially on trails.
With that being said, I am over thinking just about every little detail. Am I training too much, too little, too hard, not hard enough? Blah, blah, blah. It goes on and on. But all of sudden when I was running the OSU Cross Country Course today, it hit me…STOP DOING THAT. Maybe you are looking for a little bit more philosophical answer, but it all boils down to that.
Sometimes the distance we travel or the speed we aim for seem too great at times. But for a lot of us, this is just the beginning. We have many more races to run. So, if something doesn’t go exactly perfect for me at the Turkeys and Taturs, I will learn and adapt for my next race. ICEdot runner Ashleigh posted a blog about running mantras, she mentioned her’s is “There will come a day when you can no longer do this. Today is not that day.” I have stolen this mantra and have been using it when I start to over analyze my training. I instead focus on completing the runs as planned and having a blast while I am at it.
What do you do to stop over analyzing and just enjoy your training?
P.S. I know I have already posted this song, but I feel that it is appropriate to post again as we have a lot of races coming up in Oklahoma this fall!
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