Lisa Galaviz – July 2nd, 2009
I was just reflecting on my USA’s 6th place finish, and while I wanted to finish top 3 so bad, I was really happy with how I raced and competed. Believe it or not, I want all the best runners to run the steeplechase (rather than other events) and I want everyone to be healthy (They set the water barrier too high in our prelims race and one of the runners, Nicole Bush broke her foot). I really wanted to place top 3 and go to the World Championships in Berlin, but I want to race against the best athletes and earn it!
Sometimes I think about Tiger Woods when I race. There was a time when he won a major championships and didn’t even realize it because he so focused. All he was thinking about was the next hole and he had already won. I think about that with the steeples, just take one steeple at a time, focus on the next steeple, TW
I think the mental aspect of long distance running is more important in the daily training, handling it day after day. Practice is about learning to break down barriers. Wanting it for one race is not enough. You have to want it consistently all year. When you ease up just a little in practice, the next time it hurts in practice it’s that much easier to ease up. It’s kind of like quitting a race but to a lesser degree. When it starts to hurt in practice, you need to learn to push through, accept it, and engage. Break down the barriers!