It is well known that in order to achieve success you have to be consistent. Being consistent will put you on a path to personal growth and hitting your goals. In today’s post I would like to discuss the importance of not just consistency but how frequency plays a critical part.
Knowing how to adjust your workout when you are not feeling great is a good personal tool to have as an athlete. For those days when your body is just not responding, it can be very beneficial to have specific options in mind on how to adjust. Because let’s face it, some days we feel like the hammer and others we feel like the nail.
In order to achieve an improved athletic performance, you must learn how to push your body and mind right up to the breaking point.
I love seeing someone excited for their newfound joy of running. From time to time, I meet someone like this. They boast about the their past and upcoming races, the big goals they have for the future, and some sort of epic training plan. The excitement is real. I totally get it. I really enjoy hearing about it all. But as I’m listening, I’m thinking that it’s only a matter of time before they get injured. This isn’t me being cynical or negative. It’s just being real about the risk of injury for new runners.
How do you define yourself? Have you ever been around someone who instead of being focused on who they are today, define themselves by what they once were?
Back in 2010 I stopped working out and started training for my first Triathlon. What a difference it made. When you walk through your typical gym, it’s a safe bet that most people there are simply working out. Well-intentioned, but not training, and not working towards a goal on a clear path.
Most people do not regard dealing with failure as a skill. But there is a process that you can and should learn to help you continue to move forward in order to achieve success.
Turning a setback into a future success is the hallmark of what committed and focused people do. It is how you handle the failure that is important.
I’ve been a runner almost all my life. There have been times in my life where running wasn’t optional. Whether it was a job or a big fitness goal, I needed to run.
Being a good runner has paid me many dividends throughout my life. Scoring well on Army fitness tests, accomplishing specific time goals at the end of an Ironman, or clearing my head after a long day, running has served me well.
There have been times when I haven’t been able to run due to injury or some sort of big life distraction, but it’s fair to say, I’ve ran consistently for close to 20 years. It’s what I do and who I am. The times when I have been injured and can’t run causes a great deal of stress and disappointment – not just to the loss of fitness but the loss of all the other reasons why I enjoy running.