The first Wednesday of each month, the Deb from Deb Runs will be providing a word about which to blog. Kind of like a nice little blog prompt. Posts can be fitness or health related, but don’t have to be, so really anyone can play along. Just be sure to link up with InLinkz on Deb’s main post, and share the love by reading and commenting on other’s participant’s posts.
This month’s word is TALENT
So what does “TALENT” even mean?
a natural ability to be good at something, especially, without being taught.
So are anyone of you runners “talented”?
But more importantly, does it matter?
In other words, if you have talent, you can be a decent runner. (Of course, “decent” is relative, right?) You may not have to run often or warm-up, or do drills. It just comes naturally. You don’t have to work hard to get that sub 30 5k finish or sub 2 half marathon or even BQ.
Of course, in order to improve, PR, BQ, you need to be motivated to do those runs and drills, etc. For many runners, just finishing a race is good enough. Just running for fun without worry about pace is perfectly fine. There are others who are driven and competitive. And your motivation can come and go. Your desire to long run long, run often or even sign up for races can change week to week, month to month and season to season.
And then there’s your attitude which I think overrides the other two. You know they say “it’s all in your head.” “It’s mind over matter.” You could have the talent and the motivation but those paces just don’t happen. Those desired finish lines are elusive.
So when it comes to running, where do you excel? Talent, motivation or attitude? Which do you think is the most important?
For me, I think I have a little bit of all three.
Talent: I am not coordinated but I ran fastish even in my first year of running. (at least in my opinion…meaning that I ran a sub 30 5K). But I am not super talented. There are many in my age group who are much faster. I doubt that I will run a sub 2 half or could ever BQ.
Motivation: Again some here too. I try to get all my runs in each week because I do want to do well in my races and I do not want to get injured. If I am part of a group, I will reluctantly do those drills (but never on my own.) I am not highly motivated because I will not get a coach, follow a plan, join a gym – all of which would probably make me a better runner.
Attitude: I try to have a positive attitude about my running but I am often disappointed in my pace and the number of miles that I run each week. But I think that I have a better attitude when I race (though not always) and that has translated into successful racing.
Happy Running! Got talent? Please share your thoughts.