Friday, August 19, 2011

“It takes struggle, a goal and enthusiasm to make a champion.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale

So, I liked that quote I came across on Twitter (see above). I am an admitted Quote-o-holic, so feel free to submit your favorites to add to my collection!

After having a little bit of an up and down day for some personal issues, unrelated to training, I was feeling a little bit down on myself. Things to the effect of, you "only" went 22 minutes. How is that ALL? You were gassed at the end of it, that chick PASSED you. Things like that. Not positive things, not constructive things, not even really relevant things. Just the stupid brain games that can creep into your brain sometimes. In light of that, I'd like to share the wise words of my Trainer Guru (who is invaluable, wonderful, and single-handedly putting up with my crazy bullshit about this process, while designing this workout schedule with/for me):

TG (Trainer Guru): 22 mins today?
Me: Yeah, had to throw in a few tiny walk breaks, though. 22 mins was a real fight. And the last 2 minutes were real slow. That pissed me off, but I was gassed. 
TG: But you did it. 
.....(Interlude where we discuss more specifics of the plan going forward, where I am informed that I can not just make my body adapt faster on sheer will alone)...
Me: It is just hard to say outloud that I could run "only" barely 22 min. That seems dumb. 
TG: Nope. How long could you run before?
Me: LOL, you're right (as always...). I just have an issue with being a perfectionist. And I got passed running today, and that killed me. Grr. But putting in the work is all that is to be done...
TG: You are doing great. Remember, the only one you have to beat is yourself. :-) 

So, tonight, I'm going to be reminding myself of those things - I Did It. Despite the fact it was hard, hot, exhausting, all those things. I DID IT, damnit. Got off the couch, put my sneakers on and got after it.
And that yes, the only one I have to beat (and my fiercest competition) is myself. After all, that's why I'm doing this - FOR myself. Must just focus on getting out of my own head, and doing the work. The rest will all just fall into place.

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