2 years ago today!!😭 #CIM 2018.
At CIM 2017, I’d broken 3 hrs in the #marathon for the first time. But that first time, it was one of those once-in-a-lifetime races where everything goes right, feels ez, nothing hurts, & you run way faster than you think is even possible.✨
After the race, I had a hard time believing it had happened, & wondered if I’d ever be able to do it again, if and when things didn’t go so perfectly. If there wasn’t “magic.”
It took most of the following year to work on the performance anxiety that magical race had given me, and work up the courage to toe the line again.
I credit the book “How Bad Do You Want It” by Matt Fitzgerald to seriously saving my 2018 race. I was still reading it and taking notes in my hotel room the night before the race! 😂 It helped me reach my potential and hit my goals, even though it wasn’t one of those magical races. In fact, my legs were cramping by the half and the whole thing was quite the struggle.🥴The book gave me knowledge that helped me control my mental game & get to that finish line without relenting, regardless of how I was feeling.
👉I learned it’s more effective to say “this is hard but you can do hard things” rather than “this is easy you got this.”
👉It’s better to brace for hard work & pain than to just hope for the best.
Had I not read those tips, I don’t know if I would’ve intuitively used that type of self-talk. Prior to reading that book, I’d always tell myself “this is easy you are comfortable,” so my gut tells me that is what I would’ve continued using, and probably would’ve panicked when my body said otherwise😬
“I can do hard things” was my mantra that day, and has continued to be ever since.
It’s relatively easy to succeed when things are going your way, to plan, you feel great, etc. And while it may be harder to reach your goals when the going gets tough, it is ABSOLUTELY possible, and in my opinion, so much more rewarding.
This finish line was so much more emotional than my first sub 3. I cried. I knew how hard I’d worked to reach my goal, and that time, I didn’t credit any of it to “magic.” 😉
If you haven’t read this book, put it on your Christmas list!!🎁📚 ...