Hey hey hey! It’s time for Tuesdays on the Run. This week we hope you link up posts related to breaking through the mental barrier.
We want to hear from you! Link up at the bottom of this post and let us know how you smash those mental training walls.
- 5/2: Race Cheats
- 5/9: Mother’s Day
- 5/16: Mental Training Tips and Tricks
- 5/23: Free Topic Tuesday
- 5/30: Grade your month
It’s well documented that this is my weakness. Mentally pushing through or past or through obstacles that I throw in front of myself is a major challenge for this runner.
Usually, the issues are of my own making. It’s not that I’m hurting or that there’s something wrong, just that I shut down when things get tough. I don’t like tough. I don’t DO tough.
I’m not tough.
It’s a problem when you are an ENDURANCE athlete, no?
I believe all hope is not lost, however! After talking to Jeff Galloway at the Disneyland Expo and, yes, impulsively purchasing his book on mental training, I believe it’s a skill we can all acquire.
And frankly, at 43, it’s time I hone this skill.
The good news is that I deal well with stress. Most of the time anyway.
If I’m overtired then all bets are off and I’m a mess. I lose my ever loving mind if things do not go as I planned.
Moms, back me up here. Getting enough rest for our kiddos is important and so is getting enough rest for the mamas.
But on a day to day basis, throw things at me and I’ll handle it.
Like. A. Boss.
For example: the number of miles in a run don’t freak me out.
The pace I should run them at… that freaks me out. This is something I need to work on 2 fronts:
1. Don’t care about it. Fast, slow, just GO.
2. Get faster. If I can’t get past #1 then obviously my other choice is to get faster. Since I used to have a little speed in my past as a runner (comparatively speaking here!) I know I can get that back.
I’ve also read that the greatest endurance athletes in the world find some sort of “zen” or meditation state when the going gets rough.
I’d love that. To be able to block out the crud and go to a happy place all while my body finishes the miles?
YES! Sign me up. (Note to self- find more information on THIS).
And then my biggest weakness: WILLPOWER.
I don’t have any.
I just printed this out and slapped it on my fridge (ahem) and on the file cabinet in my office.
How do you work your willpower muscle? Do you meditate while you run?
Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)