Track Friday + My Favorite Current Read + Process Goals vs Outcome Goals

Yesterday’s track workout was tough! Speed work on a track is such a love hate relationship! I was telling my coach that I lie to myself daily when it comes to running, especially during track workouts! Whatever it takes to get the workout done, I’ll bribe myself the entire time if needed. Lol!

Me – You can stop and catch your breath after the next 200 meters. Run faster

Me after 200 meters – Okay, don’t be a loser and quit… get through another lap! Hold the tempo

Me after the next lap – Okay, you’re almost done… don’t quit now!

Me as I finish – Dude, that was cool and I can’t wait to do it again!

Yesterday’s workout called for a 2 mile warmup and 2 X 2 repeats with a cool down. Got 7 miles in total and finished off strong! I wore my Brooks Hyperion for the speed portion of my workout.

My legs are finally getting under me and I’m feeling stronger. It’s been a pretty packed week.

I hit the paces on the repeats that I wanted, although it was tougher than I thought it would be for the second repeat.

I hit a new VO2 max which was pretty awesome! Now another 50 to go!

I love how peaceful the track is so early in the morning. I haven’t been running with music for a week.

My thought process is I want to focus on what I’m doing and be more present. I don’t want to get bored of my music and then not get pumped up for some of the longer runs, harder workouts and/or running

I also got to see another beautiful sunrise! They never get old!

So, I’m halfway through To Be a Runner and am so inspired with each chapter!

Running is such an analogy for life! You get out of it what you put into it, you sometimes have to go through rough parts to feel the victories, and never take any part of it for granted!

I have some of my favorite books under MY GEAR and I highly recommend this read! It’s inspiring and makes me want to lace up my shoes and do conquer impossible things!

Here is an excerpt from this amazing book:

Running has taken me on adventures great and small, at home and around the world. It has provided me with hope and perseverance on days when I had none–and even, once every great while, warmed me with that fleeting ray of sunshine known as glory. Running has taught me that I can do anything, just so long as I keep putting one foot in front of the other. Sometimes that notion is metaphorical and sometimes not. In this way, I have been inspired to attempt things I would have never dreamed possible. 

And it all started with a single step.

Random – I forgot how good nectarines are! I devoured this delicious piece of fruit yesterday and have on the shopping list for this week already.

Process Goals vs Outcome Goals

I want to share something with you on different types of goals, both important but very different!

Most of us runners should focus more on process goals than outcome goals.

Process goals are something you have more control of… for example, I want to do running drills twice a week, a longer warmup or maybe going to bed earlier (hello me!) Trust your process and work hard at it, it’s completely in your control!

Outcome Goals are less predictable because you can’t control what other runners will do: wanting to finish too 5 at a race is an outcome goal. If you’re out of the top 5 but those top 5 ran faster you shouldn’t be disappointed. You can only control your training and your race, no one else’s.

I wholeheartedly believe it’s important to have outcome goals and to strive for them, but remember there is an element to those goals that are completely out of your control. If you put in the work, you can never be disappointed. Is every race perfect ? Absolutely not. However, keep trusting the process and keep showing up!

Questions

Do you enjoy fruit and what is your favorite?

I’m looking to share some runner brain moments you may have had. Please share!

Any plans or races this weekend?

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