Monday, April 30, 2012

Gaining Confidence

I can not believe that the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon is right around the corner!  Seems like just yesterday that I started my journey towards the half marathon.  Yes I started training early, but it was the best decision that I have ever made.  One of the biggest lessons that I have learned is about confidence.  This is one that I wish I would have learned last year, however I believe that things happen for a reason.

One thing that we all struggle with from time to time is confidence.  Whether it is in how we look, or what we do, having confidence all the time is impossible.  I have gone through my life with little to no confidence for such a long time, that it has become second nature to doubt myself.  Something happened over the course of this training that has changed my life.  I have gained confidence.

Now I am not sure where it came from.  I know that it did not just appear out of thin air.  My thoughts is that it came from me becoming stronger.  I have focused more on cross training, and making that just as important as my running days.  This simple switch has allowed me to become physically stronger.  I have had to push myself past what I thought I could during the cross training so I became mentally stronger.  Then I started to see my runs become faster and my confidence started to grow.

There are days that are not as easy as others.  There are days that my head is not in the game.  There are times I read of a friend who is so much faster and I start to let that shake my confidence.  But I soon take a deep breath and stop those negative thoughts.  Running is about doing the best you can do that day. It is not about how fast the person next to you is going.  Ok so having someone ext to you will help to push you to the next level, but running is not about that.  I then look at where I have been, and this training season and see simply how much stronger I am.  Not only am I able to run farther with out issue, but more importantly that I am getting faster.  I never thought I could get faster that quickly, but I am.

Self doubt creeps in and tries to stop us.  We are strong and we can stop that from happening.  I challenge everyone on there next run, the next time they work out or what ever you are doing to push past what you think you can.  Believe it or not you can go farther.  Stop letting you head play games with you.  It does not matter if your goal is 1 mile, a 5K, 10K, 1/2 Marathon or even a full Marathon don't let your head stop you from achieving greatness.  You deserve it.

What Challenges are you facing?  What can you do to make those challenges seem so much less than they are today?  Be strong!!  You deserve the best.

Suck It Up Cupcake and Move It

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