Today, I’m once again linking up with Florida Running Boy for WOW (Words of Wisdom) Wednesday!
I think I feel the MOST inspired to write once I finish up a long run. Something about pounding the pavement for all those miles makes me do a lot of deep thinking, and I sat down to write this post immediately following my long run a few weeks ago.
(from my long run mid November)
I spent my run thinking about elite runners.(actually, I kind of think of them and their training quite a bit.) Elite runners have so much to teach us. I just wish I could call Kara on the phone and ask her to go to lunch with me and then pick her brain. Doesn’t that just sound great?!
But what I was really thinking about was their attitudes on race day. Most races are full of runners that are just your average, everyday runner. They don’t think of it as a competition. Some have a goal to beat, some just want to finish the dam thing.
But the elite runners? They are different. They walk to that starting line and although they are just as nervous as you and me-they are looking around knowing that they are trying to win the race. Having the “I’m going to win this race” attitude is quite a bit different that the “I’m just running/finishing this race.”
Elites toe the line thinking of the win. Normal everydayers think “oh crap, what have I gotten myself into”. Elites are thinking of the cash purse if they win..Everydayers are thinking about if they have enough cash on them for a subway ride instead of finishing the race (I kid!)
Elites obviously have different motivations. They might be promised a huge sum if they win, and an even larger sum of they set a course record. The point is–> elites have a mentality of “WINNING.” And that is the attitude that I am going to start to have. Having that attitude is going to help build me up as a stronger mental runner. I’m going to see every race as a new opportunity to improve!
Happy Hump day, everyone have a safe and happy thanksgiving! There is a lot to be thankful for this year and I am counting my family’s blessings!
How do you have a winning attitude?