We all know that when we overcompensate, we inevitable get hurt. To prevent overcompensating, we need to work on our weaknesses instead of ignoring them. Over time, our weak points will
lead to worse and worse injuries if left unaddressed.
Definition of overcompensate (vti)
1. Try too hard to overcome: to try too hard to make up for a disadvantage or
shortcoming and fall into a fault of another kind 2. Reward too much: to pay somebody too much in recompense or compensation for
“Don’t look down...I’ve picked up all the pennies.”
That’s what my High School coach would always say when we were running. It has always been recommended by coaches throughout my running career that it is extremely important to look forward towards the ground a couple feet ahead. Benefits include better posture, easier decision making, and keeps you focused --with you eye on the prize.
Failed attempts at projects and investments, along with the painful love strike-outs, among other mishaps cause us to look down, when in those times is when we should maintain our focus fixed on the goals and horizon ahead to lead us out of those dark moments. The obstacles, difficulties and strains of life’s wear and tear on us make giving up a tempting option. At times we get bogged down with our very present current situation, but looking up and slightly forward could be just the perspective shift that we were yearning.
Don’t overdo it:
Hard part about this is making the distinction between overdoing it and pushing your limits. That’s where having a plan to guide you is always beneficial. Signs of overdoing it may be constant fatigue that drains all your energy stores. You may experience signs from feeling easily irritable or unable to stay focused/centered, to more drastic situations like injuries or even illness. As runners we will constantly struggle with the questions: Am I doing too much? or Am I doing enough? The answer lies in listening to our hears and bodies. Unfortunately, when testing for TOO MUCH vs ENOUGH, it's a grade that we can only give ourselves when we are able to strip away the mess that surrounds our lives and get to our core.
Whether its food, training, loving, spending, nagging,..OVERDOing things is never a good game plan. As the saying goes, “Everything in moderation”, is the best plan of action, though most times easier said than done. Especially as runners, we are known to have “go-overboard” kind of personalities. No one is perfect, and maybe its a weakness that you too, like myself, need to work on.
Don't Give Up:
NO MATTER WHAT! I would always hear from my coach: If someone is going to beat you, make sure that they die trying! If you have a rough run you know you need to train harder. If you struggle in a triathlon, you know you need to increase your training. If you do bad on a test you know that you need to study more. If you get a low evaluation at work, you need to prepare more. If
you get in a fight, you need to make-up. BUT you never just quit...never just give up, surrender, or lose hope for a good outcome.
Definition of give up (v)
-Happy Growing =)