Training is as much a mental exercise as it is a physical one. It often seems my mind taps out before my body does.
It’s too far.
It’s too hard.
I’m too tired.
I have too many other things to do.
I don’t think I’ve ever had a run where at least once, one of these phrases didn’t pop into my mind. The reality is—they’re all true.
Accumulating miles is hard and who doesn’t have 10,000 other priorities on their to-do list that—at times—leaves you longing for an extra fifteen minutes to lay in bed before the day begins?
Sometimes you need to push through the mental warning while other times you need to prioritize the to-do list and training doesn’t always get top billing. I said it. Sometimes the workout has to take the backseat to activities and loves and deadlines that deserve attention too. After all, who’s the boss—you or your training plan?
This week I had a fun 10 mile run with friends that quickly became a grueling five-mile slog—still with friends. I didn’t anticipate adding a bonus leg day at the gym and an early-morning CrossFit WOD (that happened to target the quads) would turn those aforementioned legs into leaden trunks that didn’t want to move. One mile into my training run and my lack of power was apparent. My mind was telling me to tap out--and I did. I completed half the prescribed run and felt no guilt. Rest is important too. Often, it's your best defense against injuries brought on by overtraining.
Bottom line—get a training plan and stick to it. Progress is going to require effort that's often sacrificial and sometimes painful. But use wisdom and assess goals in light of the big picture. You're the boss and sometimes a good, wise and thoughtful boss, let’s everyone go home early. The work will be there tomorrow.
Until next time,
Dionne is a certified Ideal Protein coach who lost 25 pounds following the protocol way back when. Since then she's learned to cook healthier meals (and actually eat them), get a daily dose of iron in the form barbells and kettle bells and is usually training to improve her time in an upcoming half marathon.