Written by: Erica Gorman
One of the greatest hurdles in my running is myself...in particular.....my mind. As a running mom I am quick to put others and responsibilities ahead of my training and at times this is appropriate. At other times, I need to remember to put myself first because I am a better mom, wife, and employee when I run.
The greatest challenge to my running though is my mind and my competitive nature. If you were to see me on the streets or at my work desk you probably would not recognize me as a fierce, competitive runner. I care about my performance. I care about my times. I want to do well. I want to place. I am not asking to come in first overall, but I want a good placement in my division. At times this can make running hard as I begin to compare myself against others or my younger self. This is a bad idea for me and for all runners.
It is important to set yourself and others up for success by setting realistic goals. I need to remember to do this more often for myself and to not get discouraged by my speedy dear hubby who seems to take a casual approach to training. Each day I need to remember to be the best that I can be on that day. I may PR at a race, I may not, but what is most important is to live life fully, to enjoy the race, and to be active.
This weekend I ran a Christmas 5K. It wasn’t a PR for me but it was one of my most memorable races. I ran with my dear hubby and darling daughter. I had the most fun I could....even in the rain. I was able to be there for friends who were new to running and cheer them on. I was even able to run some of the end of the race with the sweetest lady who is part of my upcountry running group as she set a new PR for herself. What could be better than that?
More blogs from Erica at:
Thank you! We'll be emailing you shortly =)
Official Training Zone: