You’re out for a run and you’re “scheduled” to run more than you’ve ever run before (or maybe just more than you’ve ever run in a long while). Are you able to do it? Yes! Are you able to do it without the will to push on? No!
Sometimes i feel like people driving by in their cars or those running by me in a race might think i have multiple personalities. If you pass me on the road and i appear to be talking to myself, i probably am. For whatever reason, moving past each new goal is a mental battle for me. I see this a lot with my runners too. If you’ve been doing 6 minute intervals and suddenly have to do 8 minute intervals, you immediately start to doubt your ability. This is normal but this is also when you have to start tapping into something other than your physical ability.
I remember last years Couch to 4 Miler- lots of brand-new runners who never would have ever dreamed they would run a half marathon. Many decided to give it a shot and training began. When we were running 4 miles, 5 miles seemed impossible. When running 10 miles, 11 miles seemed impossible. However, each time we pushed on through to that next level it made what we had just come from seem easy (well, maybe not easy, but feasible).
The key is figuring out what it takes to help you push on to that next level or goal. Sometimes a good song on my ipod is all i need but often times that’s not enough. I now find myself chanting little things to myself. Sometimes this is just going on in my head but, if i’m really struggling, you may hear me coaxing myself along. I had a horrible race a few months ago and spent the entire last mile repeating my favorite motto over and over (out loud so i’m sure people thought i was crazy!)- “you’re tougher than you think you are, you can do more than you think you can.” I didn’t finish very strong but i FINISHED. This is my current go-to when i start to doubt my ability on each new challenge and it seems to be working ok!
How do you push on through to that next level?