Perfectionism and The Athlete

Perfectionism and The Athlete

The Webster’s Dictionary defines a perfectionist as: someone who will not accept or be content with anything less than perfection. Perfectionists tend to have unrealistically high expectations about themselves, others and life in general. They also become acutely aware and over concerned with tiny flaws and mistakes in themselves, others, and achievements. Using so much energy to focus on what’s wrong and discounting what is right. Perfectionism leads those to believe nothing is ever good enough. Perfectionism is a HUGE common denominator in low self-esteem and drives people to the point of chronic stress, exhaustion, and burnout. Imagine a perfectionist who is an athlete. Perfectionism and racing/training can be a volatile combination. Here are some tips that can help a perfectionist to recognize and shift to a more positive and productive way of thinking: The idea that races and accomplishments are a measure of self-worth, has to be let go. Think long and hard about this. People in someone’s life accept and love them not because they have a full medal rack on their wall, raced a certain distance, raced within a certain finish time, but for their love and wisdom.Accomplishments are not “who” you are but rather “what you have done”. Focus on “who” you are, not “what you have done”. Don’t blow up negatives and harp on them continuously. Perfectionists tend to selectively ignore the positives and dwell on negatives, no matter how small and insignificant, at the end of the day, think about the positives. Perfectionists tend to even create negative situations out of positive because they dwell in the negative so much they don’t know...

The Definition of Training

I finally had an “ah ha” moment recently and was able to into words something that I have been trying to explain for years. Why, do I train? Why do people like me, train? Why do athletes train? Simple. The “A” race to an athlete is like the final exam to a student. Training is the classroom. Workouts are homework. Pulse check races are quizzes. Athletes eat right, and get as much sleep as possible. All of this preparation is so they can show up for the final exam (A race) alert, healthy, ready and prepared. When in school, students get up early, stay up late to study and do homework. They talk to other students who may have taken the same exam before. They ask for tips, pointers. When training, athletes get up early, stay up late to get workouts in. They talk to others who have raced the same race, or distance for advice and tips. Sometimes they train with a group (like a study group). Others may be more focused training alone. A student may prepare just to pass easily. An athlete may just want to finish happy and healthy. The student may have aspirations on getting into a program or school that a certain passing grade is required. The athlete may want to qualify for Boston or Kona. The student may want one of the top grades in the class, just like the athlete may want an Age Group award. Some students prefer to be self taught. Some students seek a tutor to gain more of an edge and give them personal help, just as...

Welcome to KR Endurance

Welcome to KR Endurance! KR Endurance was founded in August of 2014 by Kristie Cranford and Rebecca Adamson. For over four years combined, we have been coaching runners, triathletes and fitness enthusiasts. We provide one on one, individualized, on-line coaching for those wanting to reach their personal goals. Whether it be couch to 5k, Ironman, Ultra running or anywhere in between, we are here to help athletes reach their peak. Our goal is for every athlete we work with to feel strong and confident and have the best possible training for their individual needs. We work to help our athletes achieve the optimal balance of training and daily life. Together as a team we can achieve great...