I had a bit of a rough training week last week, and by that I mean, I basically didn’t run at all. I had a pretty busy week at work and just couldn’t seem to make time to hit the trail. This in turn caused my Saturday morning long run to be a bit of a struggle. I started out strong since my legs were “fresh” and hadn’t been worn down by other runs during the week, but then I hit my wall at about 5 miles. Which I always seem to do at mile 5, but I just couldn’t get passed it this time.
I started to get mad at myself and stopped for a drink of water at a park on my route. As I was lecturing myself (in my head mind you, I didn’t want to scare the kiddos at the park), the words of my yoga instructor popped into my head. “Yoga meets you where you are at.” and I thought, why can’t running meet me where I’m at?
From then on I decided that I wasn’t going to get mad at myself for something I can’t go back and change. I had to meet my body where I was at, at that point in time. After that pep talk, I took the next mile a little slower and tried to just focus on the beautiful summer day. After that first mile, I seemed to forget how I was feeling and started to really focus on the music that I had pumping in my ear buds. And before I knew it, I was back to hitting my goal split times for the remaining miles.
This made me think that I should be applying my yoga instructor’s advice to a lot of other things in life. I tend to be my own worst critic at times and could stand to give myself a break from time to time. I don’t mean this in a way that allows me to be lazy or unambitious, but more so that when I’m getting frustrated with myself that I should take a breather, accept the situation for what it is, and figure out how I’m going to move forward. Easier said then done, right?