"I like to hear about your good runs, I would say 90% of training you read about only focus on the negative, your posts are a breath of fresh air." - Big Daddy Diesel
Why do we apologize for our successes? We obviously shouldn't arrogantly brag about our accomplishments, or ignorantly boast of victories. But why do we beat ourselves down to the point where it's more "acceptable" to report on failed runs, and poor training habits ... than write about getting up every morning, just as tired as everyone else, and kicking our workout in the teeth?
I guess I just always want to be an encouragement and a constant reminder that good runs and successful training don't "just happen". Sure, we all have various degrees of natural born speed and athleticism. But there is no replacement for working your butt off! One of my favorite lines from a song right now is from the group Hollywood Undead and the song "Undead" ... "What you think I just got lucky - didn't work for this sh--?" One of my pet-peeves is when people say something like, "Oh, but you're thin and just naturally fast ... so it's easy for you!" Do you have any idea how much that minimizes and disrespects all of the torture I put my body through? That really pisses me off!
Hopefully you'll never hear me brag about a finishing time or performance. There are so many things that have to "line-up" and "go right" to be successful in our sport ... not to mention a little good fortune from time-to-time. But you will NEVER hear me apologize for the amount of work I put in. It's just how I was raised. It's my goal to OUT-WORK EVERYONE. And if I can make that happen ... good runs happen!
Another wise comment that BDD always leaves for me before every race is "Enjoy the reward of your hard work!" I love that! The successful marathons and races are the fruit of our seemingly endless labor. 500 crunches a week mean no stomach problems late in a race. 6 minutes of planks every day keep me straight as an arrow with good posture at mile 25. 93 miles in 8 days builds a certain toughness. 2 gym leg workouts help eliminate injury. Speed training until I almost puke teaches my heart to withstand lengthy elevated pounding. And good long PR-paced training runs hammer home what it will feel like on race day.
It's not luck. It's not simply good genes. It's not being any different than anyone else. It's just simply making the commitment everyday to push myself to the limit ... and then push a little more. Because over the years I have learned that if I leave everything on the training course ... there WILL be a reward.
Oh by the way, today's training run ... 23 miles at 7:44/pace ... 5 seconds off marathon PR ... average heart race of only 154. Cruise-control Homie! I'm comin' Sioux Falls ... and I'm bringing the "A Game".
... be great today!