I have one more day and one more run, and then I am getting back on the horse. What horse? The "training hard, chasing my goals and dreams, giving it all I've got" horse.
Training starts again on Friday.
I have had almost two weeks since Utah Valley Marathon and my DNF. Since that time, I have let myself be down. I was discouraged, frustrated, and sad. And then I picked myself up, brushed myself off, and knew that I would bounce back.
I took a day off from running completely. It was my first day off since October. After that I kept all of my runs to five miles or less, and kept the pace super, super easy. I had no pressure or expectations for any of my runs. I saw a physical therapist. I slept later than usual. I had a complete blast running Ragnar Wasatch Back with Josh and some friends. I have taken care of my body and my mind.
This week I read an awesome book called "Mind Gym" by Gary Mack. It is "An Athlete's Guide to Inner Excellence" and is just a great and valuable read for any athlete trying to be their best. It is not a "running" book - it is for athletes in any sport. (In fact my oldest son saw it and said that his football coach reads to the team from it regularly). Reading this book has really recharged my mental game and given me some tools I will use when the going gets tough.
I highly, highly recommend this book for anyone remotely serious about competing in sports. Here is just one of the many quotes I have highlighted. :)
"It has been said that thoughts become words. Words become actions. Action become habits. Habits become character. Character becomes your destiny."
Starting on Friday I am back to -
- following a killer training plan. Lots of intensity people. Lots of intensity.
- doing my cross training and strength training five days a week. I want to be as fit as possible.
- putting lots of focus on my nutrition and diet. I want to be healthy, strong, and lean.
- getting enough rest.
- believing in myself and being confident. Utah Valley shook my confidence. But I know that my mental game is as important as my physical game, and I want to be as strong and ready mentally and emotionally as I am physically. I believe in me.
September 1. Pocatello Marathon. It's going to be big.
"The will to win is important, but the will to prepare to win is vital." - Joe Paterno
"Good things come to those who stay optimistic and are willing to persevere." - Gary Mack
"Attitude is a choice. Think positive thoughts daily. Believe in yourself." - Pat Summitt
"Setting a goal is not the main thing. It's deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan. The key is discipline." - Tom Landry
"Motivation gets you going. Discipline keeps you going." - Jim Ryan
"It's all about the journey, not the outcome." - Carl Lewis
"When you have fun, it changes all the pressure into pleasure." - Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr.
"Be the dream." - John Chaney