I came across a quote and I think it is probably one of those that will stick with me. This was tweeted by Joel Filliol, who is one of the best coaches in the world.
The quote is this.
“Champions differentiate in training by consistent quality under high chronic load not extraordinary single session performances #consistency”
I am not a champion, so I’d like to dissect this slightly and apply it to everyone.
“People who achieve their goals differentiate in training by consistent quality under high chronic load not extraordinary single session performance. ”
What does this mean?
To me: It means that in order to achieve our dreams, our goals, we must repeat a routine of pushing ourselves to the point of uncomfortable. We cannot not rely on the single training day where things fall into place. I am not suggesting that those “great” days are not important. They are! They can give us the mental boost we need by glimpsing a light at the end of the tunnel. But we cannot allow ourselves to fall into the trap and think, that by doing it once…we have reached our goal.
So here are a few things to consider.
Is your goal clear to you? Saying you want to run faster or longer is great, but how much faster? Seconds? Minutes? You need to be able to clearly say what you are chasing.
Do you have a path and plan to reach your goal? Does your training reflect progress towards the goal with routine, specific objectives and clear milestones?
#Consistency – meaning, are you willing to commit to the path? This can be hard because week after week with marginal or minimal gains can break you down if you are not committed.
Do you believe in yourself? You will only achieve what you believe you are capable of. You can tell everyone one thing, but deep down you cannot lie to yourself.
Run For Yourself!