|My one and only "silver medal" for winning 2nd place in my age group. Would I like to earn more? Of course so!|
I thought about this as we were watching some young Olympians just miss placing for a medal. I would console them from my couch by saying It's okay, you made it to the Olympics, that is something to be proud of whether you bring home a medal or not. The other day Marcia mentioned that Olympians that do not place should at least get a participation medal. I would have to agree with this. They were among the best athletes in the world to make it to the Olympics, they should walk away with something at least.
Okay, so enough about the Olympics. Everyone wants to do their best and if they think they are capable of more (ie earning more than one gold) than of course they will be disappointed because, well, they expect more from themselves.
When I was doing my 10K run on the trail the other week, I happened to look down at my watch and see that it hit my PR time for my best 10K race. However, on this particular day, I had one more mile left to run. WTH??? I'm really slowing down. 10K race time are often used for corral placement at larger races and I have been milking my sub 60 minute 10K for all it was worth. I often wonder if I will be able to get a time like that again in a 10K race. Part of me doubts it because it has been a struggle lately for me to break 30 minutes in a 5K race. I mean I can do it, but it's tough and I can't imagine keeping that pace for essentially what would be TWO 5K races in a row! But then again part of me thinks I've already reached that goal of a sub 60 10K, whats it matter if I do it again or not? (I related this to the Olympian winning a gold medal and then being disappointed because he doesn't have more). I need to just be proud that I reached that goal at one point in my running and if it doesn't happen anymore, o well. Does it really matter?
Another distance that is a monkey on my back so to speak is the dreaded marathon. As you know, marathon number one was run when I was severely injured and marathon number two was run uninjured (but exhausted after mile 20). And as much as I am proud of this race, there was a lousy 3 minutes that kept me from missing my #1 time goal. I did have other goals that I did reach during that 26.2 miles though so that made missing my time a little bit easier to swallow. Part of me has the urge to run another marathon just to see if I can do it. But a part of me knows how HARD and time consuming marathon training is. Again, I tell myself that I am one of one percent of people who ever complete a marathon and my time wasn't that bad so does it really matter? -M
So now you hopefully understand why I related this to the Olympics. When you have reached a goal, do you keep trying to reach it over and over again? What happens when you keep missing it?
Deb's word of the day is Plethora so I thought this post would fit perfectly with her theme.