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3. Recognize your improvements.
John Maxwell said, “One of the greatest problems people have with failure is that they are too quick to judge isolated situations in their lives and label them as failures. Instead, they need to keep the bigger picture in mind.”
Notice individual improvements that you made in training and during the race and don’t just focus on your finishing time. Know that if you were improving your times in training runs, that your training did not all of a sudden go to waste because of one bad outcome.
Hilborn says, “having bad races is part of being a runner. They make you tough, they motivate you, and they keep you humble. A good runner can bounce back and not give up on their goal, even though it is emotionally hard to do so at times. “
Quitting only ensures failure, and if failure is what stimulates quitting than we are giving failure way too much power. Paul J. Meyer said, “Ninety percent of all those who fail are not actually defeated. They simply quit.” Stepping on the starting line of a race is taking a risk. Running is such a unique sport in that, for the average weekend warrior, they are not pursuing winning the race itself, but rather, they have their own idea of what winning is to them. In the words of Hilborn, “ you are never as good or bad as your last race”.
About The Author:
Brandon Laan is a runner, coach, and entrepreneur. He is the co-owner of RunnersFeed.comand Race Director for Rock The Road 10K. He is a Level II Certified USATF coach and holds personal bests of 1:06 and 2:21 in the half marathon and marathon, respectively. He also enjoys running to eat, not eating to run…and always will.