Do you judge a book by it’s cover? If you do, then you probably take one look at Coach El and think, “That dude is an animal! Where did he play football? How much does he lift? Blah…blah..blah” It’s true though; Elcanah’s stature demands your attention which explains why Victoria swooped him up so quick ;).
Now, I am not writing this to talk about what a stud Elcanah is as an athlete. I’m talking about the coaching side of El. (Side note: El is a great athlete. He may be a big guy but the dude has finesse.)
Tuesday marked day 2 of a year long journey of improving my running ability. I want to run a 1:50:00 half marathon next year, which means I have some work to do! I’ve fallen in love with getting better at something i’ve always dreaded and Elcanah is helping me achieve that goal (and a few others) by programming for me.
I felt the training funk come on strong after giving some 50m sprints a go that left me feeling like one of those lizards running across water (minus the speed).
I hated that I wasn’t good at it and I wanted to be good at it instantly. I wanted it to feel natural which triggered me to feel impatient. Doubts started running through my head. The one thought that I couldn’t fight off was, “Why are you about to train so hard to be an average runner? You will never be the best or win at this.”
That question replayed over and over until I, in my usual crazy athlete fashion, walked over to my coach and told him exactly what I was feeling.
In which he replied, “Because up until this point you were never trying to win. You weren’t trying to beat anyone. You never said anything about rank. Your goal was to improve at running and that made it enjoyable for you.”
DING! DING! DING! Thank you, Coach El. That is correct and I needed to be reminded of that.
He went on to talk about patience and the importance of enjoying your process and doing things for the right reasons. If the reason you are doing something is wrong, the entire thing is going to feel out of whack and that’s why those 50m sprints so easily made me question what I was trying to do. For a second, I forgot that I was a student to this sport of running with plenty to learn. I approached my session today as a competitor and my sub par performance made me doubt my ability to win which was never the goal in the first place.
As I slip my “athlete hat” off for the day and switch it out for my blogging, I mean coaching hat, I feel thankful. Thankful for Elcanah and his mentorship and for reminding me of this valuable lesson. I’m constantly preaching about mindset and perception and here I am getting a dose of it myself and I feel proud to be on the receiving end.
Workout of the Day
100 Pull Ups
100 Double Unders
100 Air Squats
100 Double Unders
100 Sit Ups