I didn't want to, But I'm Glad I did!
This has been the feeling about all my workouts lately! If you have read Running2Sanity for very long, you would know that I'm kind of lazy! I would love to stay in bed all day, in my pj's and watch movies! Many of you are not like that, but I'm sure there are many who also relate to my lazy day of pj's and movies!
Lately the idea of not going to the pool, not setting up the bike trainer, not working out with my trainer is very appealing. However, in those moments (which have been more than I care to say) I just stop thinking about the option and just DO IT...the workout!
While training for my marathon there were times that my long run was so daunting! Can I get a HOLLA BACK? Holla! The idea of spending 2-4 hours running was a lot for this mind to take-in and on my long runs, towards the end, in those last few miles...I just had to not think about the NEGATIVITY! I would choose to focus on positive things...it was the only thing that saw me through it! I'm sure you can all relate!
I learned a great tool in all those difficult times and that was....to not stay in the moment and to think about the regret I would have if I had stopped before I was supposed too, walked a hard/steep hill or quit early. During the hard parts of a hill, the final miles of a long run...it's ALL MENTAL! The only thing I could do is visualize being finished and knowing I left it all out there, knowing that my mind and body would tell me to stop, but my will would push me to keep going! I didn't want to have any regrets! I still do that...I have to think about how I will feel on the other side of things...it has helped me get up countless hills, finish miles that I didn't want to run and push myself to do things I didn't think I could do! I guess you could call it the driving force behind what I do...it keeps me in the GAME! The feeling of accomplishment you have when you worked through the mental game and completed something that was tough is the BEST!
People always say "live in the now", "Enjoy the moment" which is important, but when it's comes to exercise...sometimes you have to live in the future...because it's the only thing that will get you to move!
It totally makes me have flash backs of my 12-minute runs in high school and giving up...and then deciding not to give up and how much better I felt when I finished! It's those moments that make all the difference!
I didn't want to, but I'm glad I did! I know I will feel better when I swim, go for a run, get on the bike trainer, meet my trainer...I'm always glad I have done it, once I'm done...and that what I focus on when I DON'T want to do it! I focus on the future, the end of the workout...How I feel when I have left it all out there...