Happy Tuesday and welcome to another edition of Tuesday Topics! This week’s Tuesday Topic: What is your training philosophy? You can write about this topic or feel free to post any running related blog post. Remember to link up with Kim and Zenaida! Visit at least two of the other linked posts – the more the merrier! Remember to come back for later linkers!
I am no expert nor a running coach, but over the years I have learned a few things here and there thanks to my wonderful blogger friends. As a teacher, I know that learning is power. 🙂
My training philosophy is to to have fun. I’ve said it before and I will say it again but running is a hobby and not my job. Yes it should be taken seriously but not to a point that our life depends on it. Will we be happy? Yes. Will we be disappointed? Yes. Life still goes on. Something else I keep in mind are:
♥ Easy runs means run slow. It took me a while to figure it out. I am not a “fast” runner but I still look forward to my easy runs. They have helped me recover much faster and stay injury free.
♥ Never compare yourself to others. I used to do that and it would drive me CRAZY. Everyone is different so there is no point in saying that someone is “better” than you.
♥ Be proud of the work you put in. Whether it is one mile or 10 miles, pat yourself on the back. Running is not easy and should never be taken for granted.
♥ The only person you are competing with is yourself. So what if you are running 12 minute or 8 minute miles. No one will look down on you or make fun of you. A mile is still a mile.
♥ Not all runs/races will go like they’re supposed to. That one also took me a while to figure out. I would be so hard on myself if I didn’t always hit the time or the required paces. So what if my intervals are supposed to be done at ABC pace and I do them at XYZ pace? I will still be proud of how I did!
♥ Trust the process. I rely on a running coach to tell me what to do. Yes, I can follow a plan, but sometimes I want someone else to do it for me.