Mental Toughness to Get Us Through

This is sort of my week last week:
15
Rest
5 m run
10 m run
5 m run
Rest
20
Cross
This is the rest of the training before the “big day” race!
16
Rest
5 m run
8 m run
4 m run
Rest
12
Cross
17
Rest
4 m run
6 m run
3 m run
Rest
8
Cross
18
Rest
3 m run
4 m run
2 m run
Rest
Rest
Marathon
So I have three weeks to go.  Oh my word.  At this very moment, having pushed my 20 mile run to yesterday, I am scared.  Not only did I literally cry with relief when my husband arrived at hour 3 with water and some fuel, but my knees really hurt.  Like, feel permanently bruised hurt.  I was a good doobie and iced right after and did some rolling.  I administered Advil yesterday and three this morning, but am waiting to see when it will kick in.  Holy.
I don’t want to diminish this accomplishment for myself by being overly modest, but I feel really uncomfortable when my friends asked how far I have been running.  I play it down, afraid they will want to punch me in the throat or “snap me out of it” somehow.  I am not obsessing, but being really realistic to what I can do.  I have trained for quite a long time throughout the summer infact, in order to get to this point.  So I will say it here, as none of my friends reads this blog anyway, that I am proud of my 20 miles, but also discouraged as to how I feel.  I am post 40 now.  Should I be running half my age in miles? Is it wise to punish my joints, and push my body around this way?
I am trying to rehab my body today for sure: eating lots of good protein, and drinking a lot of water and liquids- taking my advil and diminishing inflammation in general.  But I think my mind needs a little rehabbing too. I don’t want to go down a dark hole of self-pity and pessimism here, as I sit in physical anguish, unsure of what comes next in my training.  Do I rest? Do I cross train? Will this get better?  I always love a good quote to motivate me- atleast if it resonates with where I am, I seem to find it mentally a relief of a kind.  So, here are some quotes for myself that I will use this week to “keep on keepin’ on” as my grandma might have told me had she been here to tell it:



And this one too, by my favorite self-helper man, Leo Buscaglia.  Love.  It is a good read.
Sometimes, just some encouraging words can mean all the difference.  Optimism is a faith. You truly have to believe.

2 thoughts on “Mental Toughness to Get Us Through

  1. Marisa

    THIS friend now reads your blog and I’m freaking proud of you. And also am going to punch you in the face….

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