Back in the good ol’ days of ninth grade I made the cheerleading squad. I was friends with the director’s daughter in case you were wondering how I made the team with my lack of flexibility, rhythm and extra weirdness.
Although I am not able to work on the physical aspect of running right now, I have been thinking a lot about the mental aspect of running because that is something that I CAN work on.
Pretty sure I have had the same hairstyle since the sixth grade:)
Have you ever noticed how easy it is to cheer your friends and family on and tell them how freakin’ amazing they are? However, if we are not meeting our goal pace, we don’t run as far as we wanted to or we are just having a bad running day we automatically start thinking we suck, we are slow or that there is no way that we will every be able to meet our running goals.
There are some days that I MENTALLY ruin a run or race no matter how physically prepared I am for it.
During my last half-marathon I was having a tough time with being positive and kept telling myself that I wasn’t good enough, I was slow and that I would never reach my future goals in terms of running. Guess what happened……I ran a lot slower than I know I could have and I did not meet the time I was hoping for.
On the other hand, I reached my marathon PR by being my own biggest CHEERLEADER. It wasn’t that I had trained any harder (I found out about the race 3 days before I did it) or because I was wearing new shoes that secretly had wheels engineered into them……….it was because I was my own best friend during the race. It was almost creepy how awesome I thought I was. If you can’t tell I have a huge smile on my face.
Throughout this race my thoughts involved things like, ‘You are AWESOMESAUCE, holy cow you are doing so great, you are the bomb.com.” I may have even made up a few cheers for myself……I am too embarrassed to post them on the blog though:)
My answer on how to get speedy involves incorporating speed work, hill training, tempo runs and running more miles in general but a HUGE aspect on how to get speedier is to be your own biggest CHEERLEADER. If you are mentally telling yourself that YOU CAN and that you are doing amazing, I guarantee you will run faster than if you are having negative thoughts and telling yourself that you can’t do it. Try it on your next run and let me know how it goes:)
Fake it to make it……..if you don’t believe you are the greatest thing in the world, just start telling yourself that you are and before you know it, you will believe it. Because guess what- I think you are INCREDIBLE!!
Did you have braces?
-As you can see in my 9th grade picture I did, for a little over FOUR YEARS!!!
Tell me an experience you have had when you have been your own biggest cheerleader and how it effected your run or race or vis versa.
What is your key to increasing your speediness?