Welcome to Belle Lap! We are very excited to share valuable advice, running, and lifestyle tips. We will feature the journey of many international, female runners over the next 12 months.
We are here to inspire, empower, and help support you on your own personal journey, both on and off the track. Check out the ‘about‘ section for further details about our core beliefs and values.
Here at Belle Lap we believe in stacking our big goals high, we also believe in setting up a strategic plan to achieve these goals.
As you get to know your mind and body as you progress through your college years, you start to understand what is needed to function optimally in training, and in life. During college, this proved to be trial and error for most of us pros and it’s a process that does take some time. Getting your body in sync with what your mind would like to achieve is a tough but important aspect of being a runner. Here are some tips to help you on your way.
Write down your goals. Running + PERSONAL Goals:
Short (this spring) + medium (the next couple of years) + your long term goals (your optimal big, amazing goals)
Remember that these are YOUR goals set by YOU and they should be inspiring, exciting, kind of scary, but NOT pressuring.
Sitting down and writing your goals sounds like a simple process and you may think you have an idea of what you would like to achieve but putting pen to paper fully engages your mind, helps provide focus, and keeps you accountable. It is also an excellent reference to look back on.
One reason some athletes get worried about writing goals is because they’re terrified they won’t achieve them. But hey, let’s leave that anxiety in 2015, goals can and should always be adjusted throughout the season if injury or illness occur. Let’s shoot for the moon…if we don’t quite make it, the stars are still very appealing…
Be Bold: Blow them up and read them every day. A lot of pros do this. We have our goals written out and taped to the bathroom mirror or an obvious ‘cue’ that motivates us when we wake up each day. It helps to start your day with a purpose and can be a fun activity to do with your team.
Be inspired by your teammates: Every team is made up of an array of different personalities from many diverse backgrounds. The great thing is that each one of your teammates holds a unique strength. Add these all together and some incredible things will happen. Feed off each other’s energy…make a big, juicy team goal and remember, you’re better together.
Invest in your passions: Most runners are obviously passionate about running, but don’t forget to invest time in the little things that will make your running better and keep you healthy. Spending time in the training room, heating, icing, stretching, foam rolling, yoga, and core. This time investment will pay off in training, racing, and long-term health. The good news is most of it can be done whilst watching Netflix 😉
Work on your weaknesses: No one wants to do this but usually it’s the key to improvement and where you will see the most progression. Think about what you can improve in your daily life…refueling within a 20 min window of practice…never skipping breakfast…being on time…work on your student-athlete balance so you aren’t cramming before an exam and lacking sleep…
Celebrate the mini victories: Take pride in the process of being a student-athlete and take one day at a time. It may be a PR in the weight room, finally feeling good on a long run, or acing a mid term. Stay humble and hungry through the process of daily life but don’t forget to step back and enjoy the moment.
Learn what works for YOU: For us pro belles, it took a couple of years to grasp. Learning what works for you is one of the most important aspects of being a distance runner. Listen to your body, know when to push and when to back off, and don’t be swept away with the in-team competition. This can really make or break a runner and it all starts with self control and willpower.
Recharge Recharge Recharge: You’re like an iPhone… You need to be in the green to keep your body happy and healthy. Keep yourself charged up, fueled, and recovered so you can train without getting those annoying ‘10% battery life’ notifications.
Get your mind right: If you show up to practice with focus and purpose then you will get more out of your workout. You can go home and consume your mind with school work and all of your other lovely interests. Learning how to switch ‘training mode’ on and off can sometimes be tricky and one can find themselves thinking about running 24/7. It is important to rest the mind, and not just the body outside of training. It’s all about balance. So when you’re not at practice or doing rehab, school, or treatment, do the other things you love!
Check out Olympian 800m runner, Geena Gall’s running and personal Goals.