Some days are hard. And I don’t mean just running. You know those days when you wake up and by the time you’ve brushed your teeth you feel the stress of the day crashing over you already?
Sometimes it manifests as a tough day at work.
A lot of times it leaks over into my run.
And those really bad days? I’m still feeling off when I’m spending time with my family in the evening.
A few months back during marathon training I distinctly remember having one of those days. Stressing over everything. Over nothing. And I was having a super tough time during my workout. I came *this close* to stopping before my repeats were finished.
Then I remembered something @kiefferallie had posted. It was to the effect of:
“When you’re ready to give up, push even harder.”
Wow, you guys. That one hit me straight in the gut. Just because I was struggling with my workout didn’t mean I had an out. Instead, I needed to use that opportunity to push even harder.
This saying has stayed with me since I first read it. It helped me through some difficult parts during my marathon. And it’s manifested in similar ways in other aspects of my life. When I’m feeling lazy or unmotivated, it serves as a reminder that I should instead try doubling down on my efforts. And you know what the cool thing is? Every time I’ve done this, I’ve come out the other side feeling better.
And with running specifically, by pushing through those most challenging parts of your workout, you’re making significant progress. Even if you don’t hit the time or pace intended, the mental battle that you just won will serve you well in the toughest parts of your next race. Use these moments as an opportunity to strengthen your weaknesses.
You see, sometimes the hardest part is getting past that initial hump. That wave of uncertainty. That one mile repeat. Whatever it is, oftentimes you’ll come out the other side thinking “huh, that wasn’t as bad as I thought it’d be.”