Sometimes you don’t know if you have gone too far until someone tells you that you did. The lines are blurred until you are told not to do what you thought was right. When the time comes that you need to straighten out, it is how you react that determines the future.
What did you learn?
You can become reserved and sulk and not learn from the experience. You can also take it all in and move forward, enriched from what just happened. If you didn’t take the chance, you would not have known what the boundaries were in the first place.
One coach I admire tells his athletes to go out a little faster in a race than they would have normally if they know that they are running with people that can help them improve. Even if they end up slowing down, the experience of having run faster will help them in the next race.
How will you ever know if you can run faster if you don’t practice running faster? That is why we have track workouts, tempo/progression runs and races. Racing is good practice for racing again and racing faster, no matter what your pace is currently. So have you tried to hit your limit today? Did you try to learn something new to improve for next time?
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