Natural Law: Your 'Gotta' Wanna'
While reading Tom's post and many others weekend, I was awed by the accomplishments of so many runners. Sometimes it was their distance, speed, the course, or the difficulty, but all were inspiring to me. And as different they were, it reminded me of a natural law.
Natural Law: Your body runs the distance, but your mind wins the race. You can't forget your 'gotta' wanna'.
Physically, we cover many discplined miles. And so many favorite treats have been sacrificed to make sure our body has the fuel and rest it needed. Our bodies are doing a good job hanging in there. But as we move closer to our favorite fall races we can't forget to keep training our brain. No tapers allowed for the noggin. We must keep building the muscles of determination and the flexibility to change our plans. And most importantly, before we get to the race, we gotta' leave the (mental) baggage at home. It was fine to drag it along while we were training. Consider it strength training. Heck, I can bench about the weight of the world by now. But because our doubts, fears, and worries are heavy - leave them at home for the big runs -its easier to get to the finish line when we are a few pounds lighter.
As you lay out your running stuff the night before your next run or race, dig down and pull out a few extra packets of determination. Put them right next to your favorite shoes and extra GU's. It may be the most important thing you bring along to your run. And when you refuel at those critical miles, toss back a shot of "I will", "I am doing it", "I can do it", "I will finish". They provide energy for the soul.
I know I have said before, you can have the best plan, but without a little bit of "I will" or "I think I can", it might as well be written on counterfeit one hundred dollar bills because it won't buy you the race you want.
"That's the beauty of running - with enough delusion and even a small dose of endorphins, a guy can talk himself into anything."
Run your run. Remember, you make the rules, even if they are crazy.