Favorite things this Friday!
-Brooke and her bfffffff celebrated their one year (and one day) anniversary last night. We went to the same restaurant that we went to for our first hangout last September.
From last year. They have sure grown up.
Paige and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary too.
-Going to my mom’s house to pick up the best package ever from General Mills (I cannot wait to try the chex oatmeal and wear those shirts as much as humanly possible) and a huge bag of peaches from my mom. I know what Brooke and I will be eating for the next week straight.
-This version of All About That Bass. This girl’s voice… WOW!
-My new life goal:
-That Brooke gets just excited as I do about being on a treadmill.
A really good friend of mine is running a marathon on Saturday and she is struggling with the mental side of the race. She has rocked her training and is incredibly strong but like we all do… we DOUBT OURSELVES. Not fun and it certainly does not help us at all in our race!
I have two things that I focus on when doubt/negative/lamesauce thinking starts creeping in, this applies to running/races/life.
1. Challenge your thoughts. When a thought comes into your mind you can GO WITH IT/DWELL ON IT or decide that it is silly and PUSH IT OUT/CHANGE IT! It is up to us what we do with that thought.
Some common negative thoughts and what you can change that thought to:
-I am slow and everyone is going to pass me—> I am an athlete and I know I am strong, it doesn’t matter what anyone else around me is doing.
-I am not prepared for all of the hills—> Oh well, I will try my hardest! At least I am prepared for those downhills;)
-There is NOOOO way I am going to accomplish my goal—> Well, when you think like that… you are right. A lot of times in a race I just repeat to myself over and over again, “I can, I can, I can, I can.”
2. Take off the pressure! When I start feeling race day anxiety I think about how Brooke is going to love me all the same no matter what my time is and so will the people that matter most in your life. Our performance doesn’t define us. This isn’t our job (well, unless you are an elite reading this and it really is your job;). Remember the reasons that you run. You’ve done the work, now just go out there and do what you love to do. Life is wayyyyy too short to spend it with negative thoughts about yourself.
PS If you are wanting to work on your mental game—> I highly recommend the book MIND GYM: An Athlete’s Guide to Inner Excellence.
Some of my favorite quotes from the book:
“You have to train your mind like you train your body.” -Bruce Jenner .
“The mind messes up more shots than the body.” -Tommy Bout
“The most important part of a player’s body is above his shoulders.” -Ty Cobb
“Competitive toughness is an acquired skill and not an inherited gift.” -Chris Evert
“This ability to conquer oneself is no doubt the most precious of all things sports bestows on us.” -Olga Korbut
“Build your weaknesses until they become your strengths.” -Knute Rockne
“The harder you work the harder it is to surrender.” -Vince Lombardi
“Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” -Jim Lefebvre
“You can’t outperform your self-image.” -Dennis Connor.
“I firmly believe that the only disability in life is a bad attitude.” -Scott Hamilton
“A bad attitude is worse than a bad swing.” -Payne Stewart.
“Don’t let what you can’t do interfere with what you can do.” -John Wooden.
“You have to learn to get comfortable with Being uncomfortable.” -Lou Piniella
What are some of your Friday favorites?
How do you deal with with negative thoughts about your running/races?
Are you a jewelry person? Gold or silver?