July 9, 2013

No Excuses??


188ce2151c86e8838598f38e4fb5cd55Last week while I was running my mind started to drift back to the good old days of running with my sister back in Houston. As we would run side by side we would chat about anything and everything under the sun. It became very common for those conversations to turn into us over analyzing every little thing we could have possibly done up to that point that caused a run to be either a good one or a bad one. Did I eat enough? Did I drink enough water? Maybe doing Insanity and a run on the same day wasn’t such a good idea afterall??

Now I like to say that I don’t make excuses and I try not to. I even have a nice little saying, that sounds great on paper, that I like to tell myself and it is: ”I don’t make excuses. Whether I face a mental block, a physical block, or a little bit of both, on any given run I do the best that I can with what I have.” Is that to say that every time I head out I leave it all out there on the pavement? Absolutely not. In fact I am a very cautious runner so I would venture to say that I have probably never really, truly given it my all.  

comfort-magicI’ll be very honest here. I am comfortable with being comfortable. I push myself a little, but I don’t like to not push myself too much to where I am unsure if I will be able to finish. I struggle with this even in training runs, where honestly it doesn’t matter if I finish XX amount of miles or not. This is something I am really trying to work on and I plan to push myself a little further out of my comfort zone each time I go out for a run. I know it wont be easy, and honestly I know the hardest part is going to be being mentally okay with letting myself regress a bit so that I can come back even stronger in the long run.
 
Do you find yourself making excuses for a less than stellar run? How do you get past your mental blocks to push yourself out of your comfort zone?

6 comments:

  1. I try not to but yes I catch myself saying my body doesn't do well with heat or I guess that's what I get for not running for a month.

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    1. Or that you did or didn't eat pizza. ;)

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  2. I try not to make excuses and repeat the mantra that not every run is a good run. I had a rough one last night so I'm still trying to shake that one off.

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    1. A bad run can be hard to shake off! I tend to go in cycles where I will have several bad runs for no real reason and then finally things will juts turn around and go well for me.

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  3. Jealous you used to run with your sister! But I totally understand- I'm dealing with the comfortable with being comfortable this training season. It's hard to break!

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  4. It is so hard! I recently saw a quote about risking going too far to find out how far you really can go. That is what I need to keep reminding myself.

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