If you receive Women’s Running (and you should!), check out page 8 of the magazine! I’m beyond excited to share the ads that I got to be a part of in February! There will be another ad or two in the coming months and the two 3-minute videos from the photo shoot should be released soon!
I honestly don’t remember where I first heard or saw this phrase, but it struck a chord and has become one of the mantras I repeat to myself when things are tough or I’m questioning why I’m going to do a workout.
Trusting the process.
But what is the process?
The process is the training. The recovery. The racing. The (seemingly) little things. The doing.
It’s a process to get where you want to go. It won’t happen overnight so sometimes the best thing you can do is just chip away a little bit at a time. Sub-3:10 has been a big goal of mine for years. I stopped trying to do it all at once (because it wasn’t working) and started focusing on just training hard and letting paces, times and everything else fall into place when they are ready. I’ve chipped away the last two marathons and am hopeful that I’ve set myself up to achieve this goal in two weeks.
It’s about staying consistent.
Following your training plan (slowing down on the easy days, taking days off when you need to).
Aiming high but only reaching for what’s within your grasp.
Keeping your head down and working hard but occasionally looking up to enjoy the view as you are climbing your way up.
Staying the course even when you get bumped back a few steps.
Trying to be just a little bit better than you were yesterday.
For a long time, I felt like each run or race had to be perfect – I felt like I had to prove something each time I ran. I was trying to force things and paces to happen.
It’s daunting and overwhelming to constantly feel like you have to be running certain paces. Two years ago everything felt forced – from tempos, to long runs to even easy days. I would have gone out for a 10 mile tempo and felt like I “had to” hit a certain average pace. If my coach gave me a pace, I would have obsessed over that number for 10 miles, and tried to make each mile be at or below that pace.
This has been one of the biggest adjustments I’ve made to training. There’s no average pace in bold font in my mind. Each mile doesn’t need to be a certain pace. This new approach allows me to go out easier. Who cares if I never make it within the goal range my coach gives me? Start easy and settle in and see if things pick up. If they do, great. If they don’t, I can be satisfied knowing the effort was there.
And the same on race day. You can DEFINITELY have time goals but still approach the race this way. You better believe I have some ambitious goals for Boston. I know roughly (and scarily!) what those finish times equate to in mile splits. But I have no plan of intentionally trying to hit those paces for each mile. Trusting the process has taught me to my ability. My training. And most especially, myself. And if it’s a good racing day, the paces will work themselves out and I’ll be at or close to the times my coach and I think are feasible.
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