On the way to achieving success, there is usually some sort of “failure”. How you react to this will be a big indicator of whether you will be successful in reaching your goals.
The importance of resilience in achieving your goals has been something I have been reminded of recently – from a few different sources in the last couple of weeks, including an injury which has tested me personally.
In what was perfect timing I was sent through the following blog post from Faye Hollands, a Career Coach I have used in my professional life, who talks about resilience in relation to career, but every point could easily be attributed to achieving your running goals.
I know I have learnt more from my running failures than I have from my successes. For my first marathon I did just about everything you could possibly do wrong. I didn’t do enough training (18km was my longest run ever), I took Gu for the first time in the race (spent half an hour in the toilet along the way), didn’t look at the course before the race (it was a hilly course with a killer hill near the end I had not left any energy for), and wore a new pair of shoes (did anyone say blisters)– yet this is the race I attribute my later “good” races to. I learnt so many things to do differently, that my next marathon (4 years later) saw me take an hour off my finish time.
What a person considers a failure will be different for everyone and can range from missing a training session to not reaching the race time goal. So how do you bounce back from a failure and use it to become a more resilient runner?
Once again this is going to be different for everyone but there are a few things I believe are universal:
The quote this week comes from a former cancer patient turned runner.”There is nothing more certain than defeat of the man or woman who gives up.”
‘Gunz’ – Karen Reimann
You can read more of Karen’s running tips here: Crew For Life
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