October 25, 2011

Discouragement. It really stinks.

You know those days where your running doesn’t make sense to the training you’ve been doing? Even running 4 miles is a struggle when you did 10 with little problem? Well.. those training runs turned into a training week. After a few of those terrible runs, you get discouraged. It starts to wear on your mentality. You start to doubt yourself. And I don’t like doubting myself. 
Then I reminded myself that Nick Saban harps on having “mental toughness” which he defines as: 
“I think mental toughness is a perseverance that you have when you can make yourself do something that you really don’t feel like doing. In other words, you don’t really feel like getting up, but you get up. You don’t feel like practicing today, but you practice. You don’t feel like focusing today, but you focus. And, even in difficult circumstances and difficult surrounds, you can stay focused on what you need to stay focused on. “
Nick always knows what to say. 
I also turn to Pinterest to help motivate me to go out and take my groove back. 

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I think you have to have those kind of training runs. The ones that hurt. That make you doubt what you are doing and why you are doing it. They may not make you physically stronger, but they make you mentally stronger. 
To me, mental strength is just as important as physical strength. Your mind will give out before your body will. You need the mental toughness to shut that voice down that says “you can’t do this.” 
So, I knew I had to pump myself up before my last double digit run for my Savannah training. 
For some reason, this series always pumps me up. 
Anyway, it helped. It got me out of my mental funk. Although, isn’t it always 2 weeks before a race that you start to realize other things you should have been doing? Like cross training? Ouchies for my hip. I swear I’m going to start strength training for those.. if I could just figure out what will strengthen them. 
Random. I just found out that there is a half marathon in Birmingham 15 days after Savannah.. thoughts on should I run that or not? 

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  1. I really like the Radmacher quote about quiet courage. I think it can be so easy to forget that sometimes just having the strength to get up the next day and keep working away at what you are working on is courage all in itself.

    Keep pushing through and you'll get through a break-through point for sure! We are all cheering for you!

  2. You are SO ready! The mental blocks are what prepares you for race day, look at them as a blessing in disguise :)

    For hip strengthening, I have fallen in LOVE with yoga and pilates. Squats and lunges are good for a mix of hip and upper leg strengthening, but there's nothing better than a deep yoga hip pose to strengthen those ligaments. The foam roller is also my best friend I love to hate…runners carry SO much lactic acid in their hips and IT band areas, and it helps get rid of it so you can get a deeper and better stretch.

    Keep your eyes on the prize! You're SO close!

    PS- is the one in Birmingham the one that Ruben Studdard is doing?? I saw that online a few weeks ago! You could TOTALLY beat Ruben!

  3. Ohh I know what you mean!!! You can do it, though! I have faith in you :)

    And I actually really enjoyed that series when you sent it to me a while back!

  4. I have soooo been having this week! Finally overcame it on Saturday. I have found that drinking a protein shake about an hour before my run gives me so much energy! Marvelous!

  5. Great quotes. I am sure you girls are all ready and will do great. You ROCK!

  6. Loved your quotes today…even though I'm an Auburn fan! Two daughters, blogging, running, and a serious commitment to Alabama football–I don't doubt your mental toughness for a second.

  7. Pinterest is great for motivation!

  8. You can do it, Rachel! You WILL do it! Everyone has tough days/weeks. That's why we run:)

    As for the hip, I use resistance bands and do exercises like the clam and wall leg slides. That's usually where I feel my tightness too, and so far, I am loving yoga!

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