Monday, February 8, 2010

Athletic Breakthroughs

We had a pretty stressful week of training last week. From racing on Sunday all the way through to 43's on Saturday, we hit our legs pretty hard. Now is the time for a recovery week, a week of easy running, mild intervals, and lots of H-N-R. It is this recovery week, coupled with the previous stressful week, that will allow us to get faster as runners.

But, getting faster does not happen with one spectacular workout, or with one stressful week. It is the culmination of many ordinary workouts. Being a success at anything does not happen overnight, and no one is "born with it." Anyone can accomplish anything, if they believe they can do it and they take all of the necessary steps to get there. Track season is a grind, plain and simple, and if you keep working hard (and working smart), then the breakthroughs will come. The sub 6:00 miles, or the sub 2:00 half miles, they will come to you when you least expect it.

I liken it to my daughter's teeth. You can see them coming in, you can sense they are on their way, and then one day, all of a sudden, she has got these big white chompers when she smiles. I guess growing teeth is a grind, just like getting fast on the track.

So, Chloe doesn't get frustrated when her teeth don't pop through, and you should not get frustrated if you can't finish a workout or you are not hitting your times, If your legs feel dead, or you are fighting through an injury, don't give up or lose hope. Keep fighting, keep working as hard as you can, and the fruits of your labor will definitely show up sooner rather than later.



coloradoboy said...

Love the pic, gets me excited for my daughter to be here this summer!

Anonymous said...

Chloe has the world's greatest hairstyle :o).