February 19 2018
Coach Hillary Kigar offers ear protection tips for runners logging miles in the winter cold.
You know you have stuff in the way back of your fridge. You try to pretend it’s not there; or worse, you keep it there, intentionally knowing you are not going to eat the last two pickles in the jar and that no one will be looking for a half-full bottle of flat tonic water. Why do we keep things we think we may need in the back of our refrigerators or the back of our minds? Is it comfort, or just plain laziness?
The metaphor “cleaning out the back of the fridge” can easily relate to the runner’s mind in terms of getting rid of things that no longer serve you. Think about why you’re hanging on to old insecurities or bad habits and how you can move past them or get rid of them completely.
It’s a new year and the perfect time to clean house, mentally and physically. Here’s how:
What you say to yourself matters. What your tell your body, it believes. Just as you practice speed and hills, so too should you practice positive self talk. Obviously running is hard (sometimes really, horribly, terribly hard), but in order to overcome the “hard” to get to the “great,” you have to believe you can, and that starts with your mind, not your body.
The only limitations you have are the ones you put on yourself. Don’t listen to the critics, naysayers or even the science behind what you want to accomplish. Dream big and aim high with your goals. Even if you fail, at least you tried–and we’re willing to bet there will be a lot of small successes along the way.
Let go of past PRs as you would that jelly jar in the back of your refrigerator. Clean it out and get rid of it already! Train where you are now–not last year, not where you want to be, but exactly where you are. The sooner you start running with yourself instead of chasing ghosts, the happier you will be and the more improvements you will see overall.