Monday, May 31, 2010

MBE: Lessons Learned

Monday Brain Exchange (MBE) is sponsored by Jill, who blogs at Finishing Is Winning. This week's topic is Lessons Learned.

Question: It goes without saying that anytime you challenge yourself, you learn something. What are some of the things you have learned on your own personal journey through fitness, whether it be from triathlon, running or just simply training?

I've had a long day, and I'm too sore to blog because I ran 7.5 miles without any walking this morning, then spent the day at Typhoon Lagoon where we had to climb more stairs than I should have, so I'm going to keep this short and in top 10 bullet form. I'm sure this list is not exhaustive, and in random order.
  1. Nobody knows my body as well as I do, and what works for them may not work for me, so take their advice with a grain of salt.
  2. I like running alone more than I think I do.
  3. Don't start a race too fast or a possible PR will quickly turned into a PW.
  4. There are no easy fixes; to see results you have to put in the work and it takes time. Lasting results take longer, but they are much more rewarding.
  5. My body is capable of way more than I know, but I have to push my limits my own way and in my own time (because my brain is not always on the same page as my body).
  6. I've run through heat, humidity, rain, and freezing temps. If I miss a run, I obviously didn't want it bad enough =P
  7. Through trial and error, I've learned to tell when I'm being lazy vs when my body needs a rest day.
  8. Setting goals (e.g. registering for a race) helps keep me motivated to not skip workouts.
  9. Running is addictive :)
  10. Always run your own race -- see #1

2 comments:

onelittletrigirl said...

Number 7 is sooooo true!!!!!

The Green Girl said...

Nobody knows my body as well as I do, and what works for them may not work for me, so take their advice with a grain of salt.

So true. I think runners often like to think 'their way is best' when giving new runners advice.

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