Try to get more sleep so your career lifespan will have longevity to defy age.
Don’t play soccer if you want to be serious with running.
Try not not compare yourself with others even if you the same workout, for when it comes to competition it all comes down to the will power of the mind and spirit to be patient and when to push.
Everyone trains hard, but many only achieve getting confidence to start and be alive for a brief moment in the race, but the rest becomes treacherous.
Respect your body with the food you eat, and with the shoes you use, just because something looks or tastes good doesn’t mean it will treat you good.
Be discipline with life and your training, and never talk trash about your opponents or anyone.
Avoid being one of those people who have excuses for everything and complain about everything. Being an athlete and human is about becoming a warrior, and to become a warrior you must understand pain and soreness, you must learn to shape your body and mind to become better, a warrior does not cry over yesterdays pain.
A warrior does not praise his or her weakness, warriors must have passion to tame their weakness. Warrior do not not fear torturing themselves with brutally training till pain becomes normal. Thats why you must push hard when the training is for speed, thats why your sport massage and deep tissue massage hurts, thats why you must never walk on uphill when you seek strength to give your endurance a spine. These gifts of pain are whats makes you a warrior, its what makes your mind and body strong, its what will drive you to become a champion. Remember, we do not come from a good place to be great but a painful place that feels like depths of hell.
Remember to always thank and praise your teammates, therapists and coach more than self or fans, for they are your true village that feeds you with speed, strength and endurance that allows you to win. Fans will rush in when you win, and flood out and bash you when you’re not good, self will always be self, but your village will always be with you. When giving interviews, never forget to speak highly of your coach, therapist and teammates, for your victory is their victory too and they will become better and treat you better when you do not cage them in the shadows during your moments of success. In victory and defeat always be graceful. Speak with passion and not ego.
I have seen careers of many rise to only fall because they forgot who they were. When you win, you mustn’t be lifted up by the winds of being a celebrity for you may lose your true gift, focus and spirit which makes you an athlete. Live one life till the end of it, then when you retire you can pick up being a celebrity and spend more time sitting and being on your feet.
Keep training hard, sometimes your time may take longer than of others who started late, but your time will come if you surround yourself with right people, have a great coach and your mind is always positive, for there is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly. What and where you is not who and where you will end up. Things get better, because life changes, everything changes.
Running a jealous sport, it does not like its energy be given to something else that does not make the body faster, so be very careful with how you use your mind on your journey, for where theres light, shadow lurks around awaiting for that moment of weakness to drag you unto the rock bottom where frustration and regret are its demons.