I had to hold back today. I’m still in a base building phase and don’t want to overdo it. Years of injury and bad “training” have made me overly cautious. I want to be faster and better, but I’ve got more patience now. So long term goals are more important. Blowing a workout because I want to impress some random stranger on the trails. Well, that’s the old me. Keeping the ego in check has been a valuable lesson. There’s a time and place for the ego and being competitive. It’s not during training runs. It’s for races. And even there, you have to keep it in check.
So, not forcing it is my mantra for the coming months and years. If I have the ability to get faster, it will come of its own accord with hard, consistent work. Forcing things only leads to disappointment, lackluster performance, injuries and burnout. Chasing highs and living as a bi-polar runner just isn’t my style.
cheers and happy running