I’ve noticed a trend lately in blogs and in conversations I’ve had with people:
I mean, I’m not trying to be elite or anything, but I have a coach… (usually said in an embarrassed tone)
Doing x, y, or z doesn’t make sense for me, since I’ll never be elite (usually said when I suggest someone get a massage or see a nutritionist, etc).
I’m always reminded of my mom, and how she would tell me, If it’s a job worth doing, it’s a job worth doing right, whenever I would slack off on anything.
So, why be embarrassed for doing everything you can in order to excel? I most often hear this when people say they have a coach. Who says only “good” runners can have a coach? The beauty of running is that EVERYONE can be good. If having a coach gets you a PR, or an age group award, or a Boston qualifying time, or helps you stay healthy, or motivated…then why be embarrassed? If someone is going judge you, let them. What’s the worst that happens, besides that person looking like a fool?
On the other hand, why wouldn’t you do everything in your power to be the best you can be? Even if you will never win an award or make it to Hopkinton, why go through the torture of running only to say you didn’t do the best you could?
I’m not suggesting that everyone should drop what they’re doing and devote their lives to running (or another interest). I am suggesting, though, that if what you’re devoting your time and attention to is worth exchanging a day in your life for, why not get that extra hour of sleep, or take that rest day, or carry around a water bottle to stay hydrated throughout the day? As my dad would say, where there’s a will, there’s a way.
In other news, enjoy some photos from my blooper reel…
Expectation: I’m going to take #flystyle photos on this dreary day while I do drills to show off two of my favorite pieces (stride short mini and flyte long sleeve)!
Reality: …well, at least the clothes look good! Looking cute (and being completely in the frame) is NOT easy while doing drills!