If you don't read this entire post, I hope you learn this:
GETTING HONEST WITH YOURSELF IS THE FIRST STEP TO SUCCESS.
The following are some of the most common lies told by runners. They are in no particular order and they do not apply to everyone.
THE BIGGEST LIES TOLD BEFORE RACES
Lie #1 - “I run just for fun.”
Running is fun but the important word in this lie is just. This is often a defense mechanism many runners employ to protect against their perceived failures. It's a vague goal and therefore eliminates ones chances of failing. No risk, no reward. It's the fear of failure exposed.
Lie #2 - “I run just for health.”
Like the first lie, runners lie to themselves and others about their goals because they are fearful. By remaining vague, a common defense mechanism, the runner lacks focus and accountability. Ironically, this type of runner usually struggles the most with injuries. If they were honest, trained intelligently to achieve their specific goals, they might actually achieve the health that they claim is most important. Plus, running better race times is directly related to a healthier heart and lungs. Many people have this backwards.
Lie #3. “I listen to my body.”
If you read this blog, or follow any of my social media accounts, you know what it means to train smart. If you don't know, read through this website and you will learn. Unfortunately, knowing how to do something doesn't equate to actually doing it. This lie is the biggest lie people use to justify not training with structure and precision. If you truly listen to your body, you listen to it when it says to train smart. Your body does not want to get injured from random workouts at random times without proper progressions. Your body does not want you to follow generic workouts or cookie cutter training plans. Your body is smart so listening to your body means training smart. Not the other way around.
THE BIGGEST LIES TOLD AFTER RACES
Lie #4 - “My only goal for that race was to finish.”
Everyone enjoys performing well and there's no better feeling than performing at your best. It's human nature. If you do not achieve your goal, you must admit it to learn from it. If you do not learn from failures, you will never improve. If you never improve, you have no shot at achieving your biggest running goals.
Lie #5 - “I did that race as a training run.”
So many athletes fall short of their goals and they don't own it. There's no shame in failure. In fact, masters have failed more times than beginners every tried. But masters learn from their failures but being honest. If you went through an entire training cycle to achieve your goal, and then you failed at that goal, it's a lie to say after the race that you did that as a training run. A goal doesn't change based on whether you achieved it or not. You either achieved it or you didn't. These lies are easy to spot out if you just look at these peoples past social media posts claiming they are going for the goal they now claim they never had in the first place.
Lie #6 - “I’m happy with my race times.”
Some runners are happy with their race times (especially our athletes!) but most are not. Instead of owning the truth, and taking the necessary action steps to get better, they deny it. And we know this usually ends with injuries and failures.
Lie #7 - "I didn't achieve my race goal because I was injured."
If you didn't train smart, and then you got injured, you are the reason you didn't achieve your goal. These runners are all over the place and they blame their injuries on everything but themselves. It's very simple. If you improperly targeted workouts, or a template training plan customized to your current fitness level, the injury happened because of your choices. The core problem was your choices. Freak accidents happen and I don't like to see anyone injured but that's not what I'm referring to here.
Bonus Lie (since it's 12/31/2017) - "I achieved my biggest running goal in 2017."
If I asked you on New Years (365 days ago) about your biggest running goal, and you didn't achieve that goal as of today, that means you didn't achieve your biggest running goal in 2017. It's very simple. Failure is part of success but lying about it doesn't help you improve.
If you lie to yourself, and others, you will never maximize your potential.
THE #1 QUESTION ALL ATHLETES MUST ASK THEMSELVES
Am I being honest?
Enough is enough with the lies.
You and only you know the truth.