Failure may seem a strange subject to write about, but I think it’s a really important one.

If you have spent months training or preparing for an event, like those that have tackled a Spring Marathon this year, then you are going to feel pretty unhappy to say the least if things didn’t go to plan.

42,906 people started the London Marathon on Sunday, and whilst there are very many happy stories there will be a few that were less than happy with their result.  

Think Mo Farah for one, by everyone else’s standards he is still awesome, but he didn’t achieve what he set out to achieve.   So he will be feeling disappointed just the same as you or I.

Mo has always said he want to win the London Marathon, but unfortunately this year he couldn’t stay with the pace, and he started losing ground at half way, and finished 5th

But does this make Mo a bad athlete…. of course it doesn’t.

He will go away and analyse his race, talk with his coach about what went wrong, and also  what went well, and from there he will start to form a new plan of how he can move things forward better for next time.

I have absolutely no doubt he will comeback stronger.

He will learn from the experience, and you can and should learn from yours.

There are most definitely lessons to be learned in all areas of life when things go wrong.

I recently read a book, Black Box Thinking which talks about the Blackbox in aviation, and their approach to making sure mistakes don’t happen twice by using the evidence that they gather.

It’s only really a disaster if you do nothing with the information you gathered and don’t work out what needs changing.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and expecting a different result”

Albert Einstein

So if things didn’t go your way this year I urge you to look at everything you did in preparation.  Remember to give yourself credit for what went well, then analyse what you could improve on for next time.    

Write it down, did a niggle stop you from doing enough training, or those long runs. Look at your diet, how you were you sleeping, your nutrition.

If you are in need of some guidance on how to free your body and mind to perform

Vicky Kelly, a Business Performance Coach and I will be running a Sports Performance workshop, aimed at not just runners, but anyone taking part in sport. Vicky will be looking at mindset and how past performance can hold us back, and I will be looking at freeing your body. You can book your spot here..

Our sports performance workshop

About One Body Coach

Tracy Swindell is a former GB international marathon runner who has trained and competed in a number of sports from a young age. She is passionate about helping people reach their potential and is a strong believer in empowering her clients to understand and care for their own bodies. She is a /Biomechanics Caoch/Personal trainer and Pilates and Yoga Teacher





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