A simple, seven-letter word that I have such a hard time with.
We’ve all heard it said that running is 90 percent mental. And I concur. Many, many times it was my mental strength that got me through a race or a tough workout. When I have confidence in my ability, I perform at my best.
But it’s getting to that point of confidence that I always struggle with. On Tuesday after our run, a few of my friends were suggesting that I am in better shape than I realize. About 50 percent of me believes them. The other 50 percent thinks that’s not possible. (Getting the picture that I’m a head case?)
Let’s look at the evidence: I have only been back to running for four months after nearly a full year off. To me it doesn’t seem like that’s enough time to get into proper shape. I don’t have the season of racing and training in my legs that I normally would have before a marathon. The math doesn’t add up to good results. This is what erodes my confidence.
And yet, I have had some solid long runs lately, where I finished feeling really strong. I’ve been able to get in some good speed sessions the last few weeks. These things give me confidence.
I am going to work on this confidence thing, draw on the positives and try to get myself to believe. ‘Cause once I’m there, good things happen on race day.
How do you instill confidence in your ability?