For the past three days, I have felt defeated.
I have felt discouraged with my training, as I have not been getting the results that I personally wanted. I was beating myself up over it, and to top it off, I sprained my ankle. And, you can imagine that that definitely DID NOT help how I was feeling!
I began to question why do I do what I do and even considered quitting.
I weighed out the pros and cons of being a student-athlete, and I found myself feeling so ashamed of myself for ever getting to this point. Why, especially if cross country is what I love to do the most, would I ever doubt or question it? It’s been my outlet, and I have grown to be a better and stronger person because of it!
I decided to talk to my coach about it. He was helping me change my outlook on the whole situation. Instead of looking at the negatives, look at the positives. I needed to realize that I was going to gain something from this experience. I was going to learn how to deal with an injury. Through some physical therapy, I would learn how to make my ankle stronger. I could still train, but differently! Biking, swimming, strength, anything like that!
So, if you feel as though you are in a rut about anything, change your outlook. Instead of thinking about what you lost, focus on what you will gain instead. Focusing on the negative drains your energy. You feel unmotivated, upset, and maybe even hopeless. If you think positive, you feel motivated, energized, and will be better and stronger because of it. Obstacles come and go, but overcoming them makes for an amazing success story.