There's nothing like getting insights and knowledge that can help us be better distance runners and people.Consider the following:
"One thing we must all be aware of is mental toughness is learned. You are not born with it.Personality is unrelated to mental toughness.Either introvert or extrovert,quiet or boastful,dynamic or reserved,these characteristics have nothing to do with your success as a competitor." Coach Joe Vigil.
I think many forget this,people believe that mental toughness is a quality that is inborn,like being able to paint or play a musical instrument well. Thankfully it's not, through proper training you can become as mentally tough as any champion.
And one more from Coach Vigil:
"Most athletes are ready to make an effort in a race. Few are ready to carry their efforts through months or years of training and racing."
The often forgotten key in training.As I watch the ads for workout videos advertised on television,the big selling point is that the person achieves fitness in the shortest possible time. Not so for distance training,it's a cumulative process that takes years to reap the full benefits.I believe Lydiard said it took something like 7 years of adhering to a training program.
"Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body." Seneca.
If we are open to that happening and don't take a "why me" attitude.. On a related note:
"To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others." Guatama Buddha.
For many,overcoming their fears,anxieties and insecurities, along with being disciplined is the true challenge. When we do,we can accomplish what we set out to.
Let what we do(distance running) become part of our life,not something we fit into our life.Again, on a related note:
"Motivation gets you started,habit keeps you going." Jim Ryun.
And lastly,as it has been said many times here,one of the keys to happiness and success is simplicity.Clutter and having much,contrary to popular opinion,will not bring a deep lasting happiness.
Have few desires." Lao-tzu.