A little while ago I decided to sign up for the Barcelona Marathon in 2016. This is going to be the second time I've raced at this event having set my personal best of 3:17 in 2014. It's a quick, exciting course and the opportunity to see friends who live out there made it an easy choice as my 'A Race' for the first part of the year.
Having been reasonably quick last year, I decided I wanted to push the boundaries this time out so I've set myself the challenge of going under 3 hours. This is one of those magical times that really makes no sense - really, what's the difference between 2:59 and 3:01? Come to think of it, what's the difference between any one time and any other time? It's not like going under 3 hours is going to give me anything different to anyone else (well, obviously other than the winner who i assume gets a big fat cheque and a trophy).
Anyway. I digress. This rambling isn't the purpose of this blog.
Prompted partly I'm sure by the runners high I was experiencing during the 'GREATEST RUN EVER' this afternoon through the muddy trails of Horsham and also due to the amount of reading on mindset I've done in the past few days I got to thinking, what's possible? I mean, what really could I be capable of?
Maybe not at Barcelona as I'm a realistic person and I think it's gonna be damn tight to get to sub 3 in the time I have but with the right work, the right application and the right dedication, how fast could I go? How fast could any of us go?
Talent is not God given.
No one is born and is automatically awesome in their field. Think of any athlete, any leading business person, any inventor, any scientist - you think they woke up one day and were automatically at the top of their game or do you think they worked their arses off every single day to get to the very top? When these kinds of people get there, do they stay static or do they keep on pushing themselves to maintain that level and then get even better than they were before?
Look, some people are genetically stronger than others. I don't think there's any doubt about that. But there's a hell of a lot of those people who are 'naturally talented' who don't make it, and a whole bunch of people who aren't as talented but make it big. There's people who have all of the opportunities who do nothing with their lives and others who start with nothing and end up with everything they could dream of.
Why? Work. Damn hard work.
This is my point and the point of this blog, if you BELIEVE you can ACHIEVE.
In my position as a Personal Trainer I have the privilege of meeting many people who each have many different goals. Some want to lose weight, some are looking to 'tone' (grrr.... I hate that word!! Haha!), some are training to finish events, some are looking to hit a certain time during those events. Every single one of these individuals is capable of doing it, if they truly believe they can. It comes down to that. A decision in your head that you can do it. That you'll do whatever is necessary to achieve it.
It comes down to belief. Belief in yourself. You can flick that switch in your own head, the one that for some people says 'this is difficult and I'm going to stay here because i'm comfortable and I don't want to feel like I've embarrassed myself by trying' to 'this is difficult but that's kinda cool and I want to keep doing it because I'm going to be better once I've finished'.
And that's what I've decided to do. That 3hr time? Yeah it kinda is random. And really the time doesn't bother me all that much (it would be sweet to nail it though), what excites me now, what's getting me going is that process I'm going to have go through to get there. The blood, the sweat, the tears, the hours and hours and hours of work that will add together to me beginning to truly living up to my potential. That's the exciting thing.
After I've gone under 3 hrs in March then I'll reassess, learn more about running so I can go be an even better runner.