Today I’m going to share something different with you. Positive self-talk is quite helpful for us track athletes, to say the least, but there are some days when the struggle to stay positive is real. The other day was definitely one of those days. And no, it wasn’t really a Monday. So, let me walk you through my track session and what went on in my head.
Warm up: I’m on a good mood, body is feeling good, excluding hamstrings that are sore from yesterday’s gym session, but they’ll warm up and co-operate - they always do. I’m working through my routines and getting the body ready for some running. I’m just neutrally running that thought pass myself. Not thinking about it too much, yet. Focusing on now, one step at a time.
Drills: The body is waking up nicely, doing what I tell it to do. Everything seems to work fine and hamstrings are warming and loosening up. Intensity is getting higher and the body reacts as it’s supposed to. Coach tells what’s on the menu today: 1x400m/4min 2x300m/3min 3x200m/2min 4x150m/1,5min. Ok, I knew it would be something like that. It didn’t come as a big surprise. That’s two runs more than in the last similar training though. Ok, don’t go ahead of yourself. Just get the hurdles done.
Hurdle mobility: Hmm, that’s all in one set. That’ll be interesting. Ok, focus on now. Hips are getting warm and ready for work. Next up: the runs. How was the set again? Ugh, it’s going to hurt. Ok, get your drink and head to the grass field.
Runs: Ok, I’m going to get this done. One run at a time. Oh, the pace is gonna be faster than last week? Ugh. This four is gonna hurt. No self preservation! Come on. To the line. I can do this. ...Ok, one more hundred, come on. Arms. ARMS! One out of ten done. Jeez. Ok, let’s walk it off. Good. I got this. Back to the line. The next one is a hundred shorter. Let’s do this. ...Ok that last hundred was tiring! Aand, it’s one minute less rest. Better walk it off. Only one more three. Where did those three minutes go?! Ok, last three hundred. You need to push it, come on! GO. My legs weigh a ton, jeez. Keep pushing, not too much to the line. S”#% missed the time by a little. Oh my GOSH, 7 runs to go. Keep walking. Ugh, I can’t. I have to. Luckily we’re down to twos. It’s hundred meters less. I can do a two. Back to the line. Ok, just accelerate properly. ...Phew, exactly on the clock. Bloody two minute rest. Have to. Get. Up. Take a few steps. Good. Good. Back on the line. GO. Just hang in there with the others. Work with the arms. Front side, front side. Line come sooner! Ughh. Good job, you’re getting it done. Get up and walk. Ok, now this was better. One more two. You can do this. Back to the starting line. Oh my gosh, let me finish this. GO. Accelerate, keep working with the arms, relax. Come on. Just a little more. Almost there! Ugghhh. *Breathing too heavily to hear my own thoughts* I’ll just stay here. Ok. Ok, I need to get down to the starting line. But yesss, we’re done with the twos. Oh, it started raining. I don’t mind. More air for me to breathe. One fifties to go. Come on you got this. How ever much it hurts, I’m gonna get them done. ...Ugghh, 50 meters to go and it’s hurting bad. Come on, get to the line. Work it! Oh my.. I’m not moving from here. Three more runs. Come on, almost done. Luckily, I’m on the line already. GO! Accelerate! Come on, to the cone. Ugh, my legs. Come on, all the way to the line! Ohhh. I’m almost done, two more runs! What? Coach says this is the last run! Better make it count. Ok, let’s do this. Last run! Accelerate. Hold the form. Come on, almost there. Work the arms, come on. All the way. Ohhh gosh, I’m done. I made it. Ohh, it hurts! I’m soaking wet but I made it. I don’t care that it’s pouring rain. I’m just gonna stay here. ...Ok, walk to the bottle. Good job! Ok, I’m just going to sit here and drink and sit some more. I did it. Good job. Need to go home to change before gym. But I MADE IT!
I suppose that’s familiar to most of my colleagues. Some days it’s easier to stay positive, some days you just need to fight through the fatique and doubts you might have. In the end, it’s exactly these sessions that make us strong.
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