16 minutes ago
every day is a new run 🏃🏼♀️🧠 💫 a few years ago when i was training for my marathons i took running pretty (kinda) seriously. i would track my average pace, my splits and hill strength. i soon learnt that my running ability was majorly affected by what i filled my body with. if i didn’t fill it with enough, or fed it with crap, i ran like crap. i did a fair bit of research into recommended diet plans and as my diet improved, my running also improved. i had knocked 3 minutes off my average minute per mile within a few weeks and felt like i was flying on most runs. . however i still had days where despite trying my hardest, it felt like my trainers were made out of led and i just couldn’t run for sh*t! the first few times this happened i remember beating myself up and even deleting the run off my nike app as it was dragging my average pace down! however after a little while i learnt that even with my strict diet, training and stretching plan, i couldn’t always control how my body reacted. this was the point that i decided that instead of pushing myself further with the risk of breaking and not even making the marathon, i’d give myself a break, and use those days to recover. . on my run this evening i was thinking about this and realised this mentality was pretty similar to how i have treated my brain. lately i have learnt that if i fill my mind with crap, i feel like crap. but if i fill it will good stuff like positive people, reading things i find inspiring and working on things i find fulfilling, then i feel good! BUT!! there will still be bad days! but on those bad days, i no longer think eff it, i’m not doing the marathon anymore (or in my analogy, living life anymore). instead i give myself time and a “recovery day”, ready to do an even faster long run (or have an even better day) tomorrow! . to a certain extent you can control what you fill your mind, and body with, and that will have an affect on the output. but bad days are bound to happen, but just know they are just DAYS. tomorrow is another day and you’ll be even stronger for giving yourself the patience you need. if you don’t then you’ll never make it over the line!