Monday, 18 January 2016

Curved Balls :-)

Sometimes life throws you a curved ball doesn’t it? You’re jollying along quite nicely and then oops, life happens. What do you do? Here’s a little lesson from a running conversation I had today with one of my minions. 

C: Felt dizzy at the end of my run and I know I really pushed myself. Legs are burning. Feel proud of myself, but my legs hate me.

J: There you go, that’s proper mind over matter.

C: Yeah I kept saying to myself “you can run for 53 minutes, you can do this!” And I’m pleased I didn’t walk at all. I kept thinking “I wouldn’t walk if Jax was with me!”

J: There you go, that’s proper Jax over matter.

J: Part of learning to run is learning to deal with feeling uncomfortable and pushing through. Yet another life lesson from running J

Running is so simple. When I’m racing I fix my mind, I can focus, I can demonstrate courage, determination, perseverance, all those things that get the best out of the race and the very best out of myself. When you cross that line, no matter who you did or didn’t beat, what your actual time was, the exhilaration of knowing you gave it your all is to die for.  You can’t buy it, you had to work for it. Nothing less than 100% satisfies, and I love the high and the satisfaction of knowing I’ve given 100%.

Lessons from the above conversation
  • It’s what you do when you’re legs are burning and you want to stop that marks you out. Anyone can do it when it doesn’t hurt. But what do you do when the going gets tough, when your legs are tired, when your lungs are burning, when you’re pushing yourself further or faster than before?
  • Success breeds success. You’ve overcome before, so have confidence that you can do it again.
  • Having someone with you makes all the difference in the world, whether they’re physically there, or with you in spirit. That person who encourages you to go further, work harder, fly higher.
So keep running and racing and testing yourself to see what you’re made of. If you need that voice of encouragement, give me a shout and I’ll take you for a run, it might just change your life :-)


  1. I really needed to read this today.
    I enjoy short distance speed running.But I just can't shift my negative mental attitude whilst I'm running long distance? I was rung the furthest I'd ever run but just didn't feel positive about it until it was over. I really want to enjoy it as I do short distance but feel my mind makes me either want to stop or become slower and heavier.

  2. Well done for running the furthest you've run. Remember that positive feeling and take it into your next run. Success breeds success and all that!

  3. Smashing stuff. Races make a runner, I think. They take you up a notch, physically and mentally. Great stuff Jac