Last night I posted my latest weekly Richmond Marathon training vlog and the difference between the two runners in the video is stark. The me of week 3 and week 4 have a very different attitude towards their training…
This past week I’ve made the conscious effort to adopt a positive attitude towards my marathon training. Repeating to myself that I get to run, I love running, that I’m excited to run rather than dreading my workouts.
And do you know what? Changing my attitude has changed my runs.
Although some of my workouts are still tough, going into it with a smile makes them feel that little bit easier. Gritting it out with a positive outlook means I’m hitting the paces. I’m running faster without exerting any more effort. Most importantly, I’m having fun and enjoying my training!
I think it shows on my face!
You can’t control what happens but you can control how you react.
And it’s not just running/training that a change of attitude can have an enormous ripple effect in.
When thinking about going back to uni, starting my placement (where I’ll be back to working 8am-5pm but not getting paid!), house hunting, work etc, I’ve been thinking about how lucky I am to be able to do these things, how valuable this experience will be in the future, that everything happens for a reason. Adjusting your own attitude may make you enjoy the tasks you would normally hate, or establish a way of making them less dreadful.
I used to hate my commute into London from Henley, however it is unavoidable so I tried looking it at in another light. Now I look at it as time to blog or read, drink coffee, eat breakfast and prepare for the day ahead.
What areas of your life could you change your attitude towards?