Racing allows you to compete against yourself, set personal goals, and bring meaning to all the hard work you have put in.
Racing is a great adventure, and often a mystery. Each race is unique in terms of your training, nutrition, hydration, rest, injuries, stress, health, medications, terrain, weather conditions, time of day, etc. Training is like soup, in that a lot of ingredients are put together in one big pot to make a delicious meal. One ingredient does not make the soup great, just like there is no one special workout, exercise, or recovery meal that is going to propel you to greatness. Instead, Tulsa Galloway uses smart training to artfully blend it all together into a cohesive training program. With the right mentality, you might just surprise yourself as to what you can accomplish.
I hope we have instilled in you the love (and fun!) of running with a community of like-minded, motivated and encouraging people, and I hope you are making plans to continue. I care that no one gives up, that everyone learns, and that the only person left behind is who you were before the start of this session.
I want to discuss the importance of a stretch goal. Stretch goals are just within the realm of possibility. They require a lot of hard work and you might think you will never accomplish your stretch goal, but you can with the right mindset and tools to succeed. If you have traditionally been a realistic goal setter, now is the time to shoot for the moon. Stretch goals are possible if you are willing to get out of your comfort zone and break your self-imposed limits. Pushing outside your comfort zone is incredibly satisfying. You will achieve something great and discover a lot about yourself and what you are capable of in the process.
When you have a goal that excites you – like training for a race – you will stay much more committed. Every time the thought of skipping a workout enters your mind, your stretch goal will motivate you to stay the course.
Every person’s stretch goal will be different. Yours might be related to running or more about general health. Either way, your stretch goal needs to be specific and include a timeframe (i.e., run your first marathon within one year). Regardless of your goal, make sure it is a stretch for you to complete it. Remember, no matter how crazy it might seem to others, “impossible” goals are achievable because the goal itself motivates you to take more action.
As Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.” Everything you do ought to be a celebration of who you are!
Better health and more happiness are not really a destination, it is a way of life. It is a series of better decisions made repeatedly. I am excited to hear about your plans moving forward.