Are you giving it your all?Posted: May 2, 2012
I might have already blogged about this and if so, sorry! But I was outside running the other day and thought back to something a coach told me in high school. I had just finished running a 5k and was extremely disappointed in myself. When I had been running the course I felt great and then I finished and learned what my time was. It was about 2 minutes worse then what my PR had been. I was bummed out and just generally beating myself up over it.
I was sitting alone, finishing out my stretches and figuring out what I had done differently to make myself suck so badly. He came up to me and asked me how I did. Well, I rattled off the numbers and was going on to say that I would be practicing even harder in the next week. He told me he was glad that I was going to practice harder but also let me know he didn’t care about the numbers. What he wanted to know was how I did. I gave him that blank stare that high schooler’s excel at and rattled off the numbers again. He then sat down next to me and explained the best advice I was given (okay some of the best advice).
He wanted to know how I felt about the race—he had the numbers but what really mattered was how I felt. Did I feel like I had given it my all? Or did I feel like I hadn’t given any effort at all to it? When I said that I had given it my all and couldn’t have given any more, he nodded and said, “That’s what matters. Time is just a number. If you had beat your PR by 5 minutes and could have done better-then it didn’t mean anything. You ran your heart out and feel like you couldn’t have done any more. It’s a new course—different hills, a different temperature today than it was two weeks ago, and other factors affect that time. What it doesn’t affect is how you feel about your run.”
For me, this is perfect advice. And it applies to so much more than just running. Are you saving as much as you can? Or do you know that you could do better? Because while you can lie to yourself, you’ll usually be able to tell that you are lying. (I always knew that my justifications were worthless but I said them to myself anyways to make me feel better). I feel great about saving for my wedding even though I’m not out of debt. I’m slowly saving, slowly paying off debt, but I’m still having fun.
It’s advice that I wish I would have remembered after I was out of high school. It might have saved me some money in the long run!
How about you? Any advice that was given to you that you still remember and refer back to?