Monday, April 22, 2013
Get over it!
Since my race on Saturday, I have realized that there are always lessons that we are learning as runners and athletes. I think that Saturday I learned a few, and I am having to learn the latest...and that is to GET OVER IT!
Specifically, I have to realize that not every race is going to be a big PR or show big progress. Even though I know in my head that I did the best that I could do on Saturday under the rough conditions, I am disappointed that I didn't do better. I wasn't really expecting a PR, but something closer to that would have been nice. I am having a hard time with the fact that I was almost 14 minutes slower than just two weeks ago. I know that in the long run it doesn't matter. I know that not every race is going to be great. But still, I had hoped to do better.
I know that I was injured. The conditions/course/my injury all were very different between the two races. It wouldn't be comparing apples with apples to expect the same results. I know all of these things, but still, I had wanted to do better.
This season has seen a consistent stream of PR's for me. That is awesome! I should celebrate that! It shows great progress on so many levels. There are still races I am doing the remainder of this season (which in reality, is just starting) that I hope to show more progress. But still, I can't help but feel disappointed.
I know that need to build my run base. I have heard time and time again that whatever our weakest sport of the three tri sports, that is the area we need to focus on the most. So, I am revamping my training schedule from now till school is out (when I was going to re-hash it anyway because of the increase in time) and add more runs, but do so smartly in a way to avoid injury, but also build a good base. I am hoping that by this base building, I can start speed work come the end of May, which will hopefully help me in the St. George Marathon in the fall (fingers crossed I get in!).
So, there you have it. I usually finish a race and in the days that follow I am on Cloud Nine. Not so much after this one. I had a good time, and no race is ever truly bad, but I can't help but feel somewhat disappointed. On another note, however, my ankle is holding up beautifully!
Now to focus on getting over it, and moving on. Happy Training All!