Disappointed? Deal with it

Cailie Logue, is a home grown girl she arguably is Kansas best female distance runner and continues to add to her resume. While in high school Cailie was a 9X Kansas state champion on the track (4x 3200m, 3x 1600m, 2x 800m) and a 4X Kansas state cross country champion.. Now at Iowa State she has earned All American honors and like the rest of us is coming to terms and learning to deal with the "new normal" that we now face.Cailie has graciously decided to help us out in this year with out a season and take a dive into the writing world. We thank Cailie from the bottom of our heart for taking the time from her training and studies to fit this into her busy schedule and do this for us.

Blog 8-Dissappointed? Deal with it.

As runners, we all have goals and dreams. The mentality I take with goal setting is to continue to push myself and set high goals, even if I am unable to reach them one day. I do this so I can see how much further I can push myself. I also tell myself that if I don't reach the goal, I won't beat myself up too much, as it's all part of the process.

This week my volume was less and I had my first of two-time trials which was a really fun change of pace.

Before each run I perform a glute and hip activation routine to help avoid injury. I also always encourage myself to stretch after, and some days I'm better at this than others. Still working on it though.

Monday: 12 miles

AM-8 miles

Post run: Core

PM-4 miles

Post run: Strides, in-home gym routine, and stretching

Tuesday: 8-9 miles

Warm up: 3 miles

10 x 300m @ race-pace with 70 sec recovery

Cool down: 3 miles

Post run: Stretching, lower lumbar stabilization drills

Wednesday: 10 miles

MW long run

Post run: 10 min. core, stretching

Thursday: 6 miles

Easy pre-race run

Post run: Strides, core

Friday: 8-9 miles

Warm up: 3 miles

2-mile time trial

Cool down: 3 miles

Post run: stretching, lower lumbar stabilization drills

Saturday: 11

Long run

Post run: stretching, core

Sunday: Optional Day Off

Easy 4-mile run, stretching, lower lumbar drills

Accepting my failures without the emotional attachment to the outcome of my high goals was a concept that I could give lip service to but found to be more difficult to carry out.

Making a high goal and being perfectly content when it didn't become reality proved to be difficult. After falling short of a goal, I'm usually left feeling deeply disappointed, and handling disappointment has proven to be so much easier said than done for me.

Like all runners, I have experienced disappointment since the very start of my running career. My eighth-grade year of track and field, I did not run a single PR. At times, early in my high school career, I couldn't run an 800m race worth a darn, and it frustrated me to no end. My senior year of high school as the highest placing returner, I collapsed, and didn't qualify to Nike nationals (I later learned I had mycoplasma pneumonia. See Blog 2: on time management). My sophomore year of college at NCAA Cross Country nationals, I collapsed again almost 50 meters before the finish line. I had run an inspired race while trying to help my team crack into the Top 15. I felt I really let them down. As I sat within visual distance of the finish line trying to get back up to finish, I lost 30 places.

This was a picture taken within the finish shoot during cross country NCAA's my sophomore year. I was in around 20th place before falling for a period of time and getting back up to finish 53rd. This was a race I was very disappointed in initially, but overtime learned to be proud.

During my sophomore year, despite a strong start to the season and winning the Big 12 in the 5K and 10K, I had another disappointing season-ending race. Since my freshman year of college, I had a goal to qualify to the NCAA championships in track & field. By my sophomore year, that goal seemed in reach.

To qualify to the NCAA outdoor championships the previous two years, the last automatic qualifier had run sub 15:41 to qualify to nationals in the 5K. Having a PR in the 5k of 15:56 from the previous summer, I hoped to at least progress into 15:40's.

After indoor, I wrote on a note card one of my favorite Bible verses and my goals. I wrote in bold, "Sub 15:41." This was a goal that could help me to reach the national championships.

Our first meet of the outdoor season was at Stanford. I ran the 5K, with the goal to get a Regional qualifier, which is usually around sub 16:20, as this would be the first step to making the NCAA's. I ran 15:40, achieving my season's goal time. I became very confident, that I could make nationals.