It never fails that sometime during 10+ weeks of training for a race, I have a really bad week. My workouts suck, my runs are way off pace and I get that panicky feeling inside almost convincing me I’m not up to whatever challenge I have signed up for… Last week was my “bad” week. Anything that could went wrong did, including a root canal and a whole lot of pain. As the week went on my runs didn’t improve but instead of falling deeper into a slump, I reminded myself of these 5 things over and over again. And with an extra dose of #4, I have aced every training run this week, including my double 4.5 milers yesterday. I hope this list can help you out next time you have a bad week! xo
1. Trust your Training Plan. A bad or unsuccessful training run doesn’t mean the plan is not going as expected. Stick to your plan and complete your workouts as best you can. Not every run or workout is going to go as planned but the most important thing is for you to try your hardest and give each workout it’s chance to be a success.
2. Vent then Forget. Post workout, allow yourself to vent out all your not so happy thoughts for 10-15 minutes with a friend or write all about it in a training journal. (i highly suggest keeping one).
4. Remember the Power of Positivity. While in may be easier said than done, staying positive can really bring on great results. If you go into a tough workout with a can-do attitude, it will give you that extra something to try your best to succeed. When I need a pick me up, I hit up and scroll for some “Get it Done” motivation, it works every time!