Thursday, November 10, 2011

I Won't Give Up

How are you today?

I'm still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that there were a few flakes of snow drifting about as I walked into work this morning. Mother Nature - isn't early November a bit too soon for this type of weather?

So during last night's combo speed workout, I was thinking about how there are times in running when you can choose to stop or keep going. There were definitely some moments last night when I wanted to stop or at least slow down. Between my 800m and 400m repeats, I seriously considered throwing in the towel. My legs were burning and I'm pretty sure it's not natural to sweat so much. Gross.

But in the end, I finished out my planned repeats. Even though I wasn't sure I could do it, it sure felt good when I did!

So the lesson learned is even if you think you can't do something, chances are high you probably can. A bit of discomfort is temporary so don't be afraid to push yourself a little harder.

And when you're approaching the final half mile during your next race, you'll be glad you did. You might feel like your legs are ready to give out, but you'll know you can keep your pace and finish strong - just like you did during training.

How do you overcome moments when you want to give up during training or in a race?

- ST

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