When It Gets Tough
No matter how well trained, it happens to all of us. At some point in a hard race, our drive and determination give way to doubt. It’s natural it’s a part of pushing your body to the limits, but how do you overcome that doubt and press on? I’ve asked a few of the runners that I follow and admire on Twitter.
How do you keep going when things get tough?
(in no particular order)
Nathan Maxwell, @socialshark I think about a previous run that hurt worse. And realize I’ve had it worse before, and I survived that time, suck it up and keep going….
Paul Starlings, @pstarlings My go to thought is from a book called “Run Because You Can”. The main character passed from Hodgin’s Lymphoma. He wanted everyone to run because they could. So I go to it often – I run because I can, when others can’t.
Hollie, @FueledbyLOLZ I just try and remember that running is a journey not an individual moment. You have ups and downs!
Steve Spiers, @britishbulldog This might sound dumb, but each time I had a rough patch, I used the “Ain’t so bad” mantra.
Lisa Gonzales, @runlikeacoyote Usually try to remember that it can’t get any worse & will most likely get better & just keep going. Even if I have to walk for a while.
Kris Lawrence, @Kris_Law I always think “I wanted this moment, I am willing to fight for it.” Sounds corny but I love racing, so I have to remember to live in moment.
Next time you hit a rough patch in a race, consider some of the thoughts that keep these guys/gals running and push on!