Drop Some Knowledge

If you got to read a bit of yesterday’s post, you know that I am loving studying kinesiology! Well I’m about to drop some knowledge on you. My sports psychology lecture is quite fascinating, and I thought I’d share what today’s lecture was about:

Perfectionism. I know a bit about perfectionism. I used to strive for it when I was in high school. Guess what? It led me to depression. Why? We are imperfect (because we are human!), and it is impossible to achieve perfection.

Perfectionists are defined as setting high standards, feeling great concern about mistakes that are made, and being highly organized. There’s something called “maladaptive perfectionism” and something called “adaptive perfectionism”. Adaptive perfectionism can be fine and relatively healthy. An adaptive perfectionist sets high standards and is high organized. A maladaptive perfectionist sets high standards, is highly organized AND feels great concern over mistakes made (or possible mistakes that could be made). This is where the unhealthy aspect of perfectionism really makes an impact.

A maladaptive perfectionist often overexercises, lead to burnout, and have poor performance. What athlete would want any of these?

So guess what. It’s okay to set high (but reasonable) standards for yourself, as well as be organized (let’s hope it’s not too much though!)… but you have to be able to let go of past, current, or possible future mistakes. There will be bad days and there will be good days. Try not to define yourself by those bad days/training runs/workouts/races. It happened… learn from it, and move on!

[Apparently, a sports psychologist said this is something that makes a difference between professional and amateur golfers. An amateur golfer will hit the ball into the rough and be all upset, carrying the tension from that bad drive into the next shot. A pro golfer will readjust, and then let go of the previous shot and just focus on the shot at hand.]

Hope I explained this clearly, and I hope you learned something new (or at least got reminded of something you’ve already learned).

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My schedule called for a 6-mile tempo run. This actually means it’s around a total of 10 miles because I gotta sandwich the run between warm-up and cool-down miles.

Warm up: 2 miles, about 20 minutes.

6-mile Tempo (this is supposed to be at goal marathon pace… which is anywhere between 8:00 and 8:05): 7:59, 8:03, 7:46, 7:55, 7:59, 7:56. <— darn… too fast for most of these.

Cooldown: 2.25 miles, 22:47.

My problem with the tempo miles… I guess it’s great that I can run them faster than the pace I’d like… but I also need to be able to settle into my goal pace without going too fast. Why? I went out too fast in last year’s PR marathon and I got OWNED in the last 6 miles.

There’s no need for me to be running under 8:00… I can still PR and BQ without running under 8:00. Just need to practice that pace. I’ll get it down by the time the marathon comes around at the end of May.

Hey. You jelly?

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I get this awesome running path along the Great Highway for running my tempos.

And I got to run them in my new Wave Inspire 10’s (love me my Mizunos!):

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Tempos: Love ’em or dislike ’em? (Umm, surprisingly… I kinda love ’em. Maybe that’s because I just finished it and don’t have to do it for another week, hehe)

What is your go-to brand of workout/running shoes?

9 responses to “Drop Some Knowledge

  1. Thanks for dropping some knowledge. Just the other day I suffered from disappointment with my run time. I had to shake it off and remind myself at least I was out there. And there will be off days. My new goal is to enjoy the journey and not focus so much on time.

    Nice shoes!

  2. Someone once told me, “Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good.” That statement had a huge impact on how I think about the work that I produce. I used to hate turning in things because it was never good enough. Consequently I rarely got things “finished” because it wasn’t perfect.

  3. Pingback: Drop Some Knowledge #8: Postural and Mechanical Loading on Bones/Ligaments | blessed with thunder thighs·

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