Last week, I shared with Club HillRunner.com members some advice: find the positive in your runs. Even a bad run or a bad week of running usually has some good that can come about it.
One of the members questioned me on this philosophy.I was asked if I believed you should never consider the negative side of a workout. How do you learn from your mistakes if you don’t look at the negative part?
That was a great question and the truth is I fully agreed with the questioner. You need to learn from the bad parts of your runs in order to avoid repeating mistakes. I just did a poor job of expressing myself with that advice.
When you have a bad run or a bad week, you do look at the negative side. You consider why it happened, what you can do to prevent it from happening again or at least minimize the risk. You consider the best way to handle it if it happens again. Then you move on and focus on the positive aspects.
Shortly after I wrote these things, a blogger I follow offered up a quote from Johnny Cash that I hadn’t before seen:
“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.”
Well stated, Mr. Cash.