As I sit down to write my blog, I find myself struggling to land on a topic. How many times can I possibly write about overtraining, hip strength, foot strength, or running form? (the answer is infinity and I will again)
But I decided that instead I would come up with 10 Reminders That You Need To Hear Today, as a runner, Triathlete, Endurance athlete, and most importantly - human.
1. Mileage/time spent training is not a badge of honor. The goal of training for performance is to improve your physiological capacity, not to see how much your body can handle before breaking.
2. One workout does not define an entire training cycle. It is the stacking of the work, brick by brick, that matters more. We don’t always hit our splits in training - the stimulus of that workout is much more than just the numbers - it is the act of striving.
3. Don’t train through pain. We do this sport because we love it - let’s make sure we can do it for a long, long time.
4. It is okay and normal for motivation and drive to ebb and flow. Don’t force it, just listen to what your body needs and it will come back around.
5. Tell your friends that you love them. Make it weird. Tell them often.
6. Only you can define your own success. Take the time to define and decide what success means to you, and go after it with all your heart.
7. Fuel your body - you probably need to eat more than you think you do. There is no shame in asking for a sports dietician’s help if you struggle with the type and quantity of food to eat.
8. We spend so much time inside our heads. Make sure it’s a nice place to be. Be kind to yourself. Grant yourself the grace you would give others.
9. DO YOUR EXERCISES
10. Keep going, you got this.
Make sure you read it one more time before you leave this page :)
Dr. Kacy Seynders, PT, DPT