I'm really enjoying this little cycle-heat and all- and a lot of it has to do with having a simple yet purposeful mindset. Each week has had a different purpose or "theme" and I thought I'd share a few of those today with you guys-hope y'all enjoy and find relatively useful (and if you don't, that's ok too!)!
What's cool about the Believe journal is that it breaks down each week and provides space to enter the focus of the week, a question for reflection, and a weekly recap or rundown section. As a sport psychology consultant, I find all of these items important for objectively looking at training or performance.
Starting with last week, my weekly focus was simple: enjoy it. Actually, this showed up more than once this summer. I don' think it's coincidental that this week was probably one of the most solid and diverse of the week. I did a little bit of faster work, hills with a new training bud, and made it a point to just relax. The result-a bit more confidence and excitement of for the week ahead.
The first or second week when I laced up after my injury my focus was to not be afraid. I have had enough experience with coming back that my end-of-the-week notes talked about how much calmer I was this time around versus other times in dealing with the unknowns. If I'm calm, my energy isn't zapped halfway through from either overthinking or excess tension. Perhaps the most empowering place an athlete can find themselves is being comfortable in the place of 'not knowing'.
Forgiveness & The Present
Perhaps the biggest takeaway from this little look back on the summer so far was that my focus has been deliberately and only on the present. I told myself that I would not hold myself hostage with how fit I was in the Spring and just look at the improvements I've made since June. I tell people this all the time, and I think I've been able to finally grasp this concept.This also ties into the 'fun' category because if you're running in the present, it allows you to fully enjoy what you're doing.
Some of the other weeks my focus was simply "have a positive to take from running in crap conditions", or "embrace discomfort" when I had a fartlek or hill day.
So anyway, the purpose of this post was not to brag about my mental game-because believe me, I still have many improvements to make there-but to provide a cross-section of how training your mind a little bit can make an impact on your training. If you don't do so already, try designating a purpose for your training weeks aside from times and outcomes, and you just may surprise yourself. The magic really is within us:)
Keep it #processfocused and let's have a purposeful week!