Everyday is a new day when Toffee chasing butterflies, and through watching her persistence I came up with the T-O-F-F-E-E principle which you can relate to anything in life, especially running & preparing for your next race.
T = Target
Have a target. In Toffee’s case it’s a white butterfly . For running, it could be your next race or a new PB……
O = OPTIMISE
Optimise all your skills, experience and training. Toffee would crouch down, suss out the distance between her and the butterfly, watch and prepare. For running, it involves your mindset, your training plan and the best nutrition – everything working in perfect balance.
F = FOCUS
Focus intently on your target. No matter what else is happening in the garden, Toffee has 100% attention poured into watching this butterfly. The same must be true for your goal. Have 100% focus on your running goal, whatever that goal is for you.
F = FUN
Have enjoyment in everything you do. There are so many things to do in life, so if you’re not having fun, choose something else. Find the ‘fun’ in every activity.
E = EXECUTE
At some point you have to execute, taking everything you’ve optimised, moving forward towards your target maintaining your focus. For Toffee this would be a wiggle of the bottom, running a few steps, keeping low to the ground then launching at the butterfly. For your running, it could be optimising your running training, nutrition and mindset taking that into “Race Day” and running your race at your individual peak performance.
E = EVALUATE
To be able to improve, it’s always good to evaluate what’s just happened. Poor Toffee clearly misses this step, because she always looks so bemused every time the butterfly flies away, licking a paw. However she never gives up and she’s always ready to start over again as soon as she spots the next butterfly. How did you perform in the race? What worked, what didn’t? What small improvements can you make next time?
Enjoy your running, and remember to introduce some T-O-F-F-E-E into your goals.