Yesterday was one of those TOUGH days. I was stressed and busy at work so I failed to consume my morning snack (Mistake #1). I knew I needed to get my 5 miler in, so I go dressed in Nike Tempo shorts without body glide (Mistake #2). I have not been feeling well, I think it is allergies but I have not seen the Doctor (Mistake #3).
Off I went on my pretty route and immediately the shorts rode up....UGH!! I need Body Glide, what was I thinking? I was clipping along hoping for sub 8's when I felt my energy totally ZAP, I was only .6 into the run... What the? Oh yes..
No Snack= No fuel= TIRED!!
Too late to fix that mistake I fought through the urge to lay in the grass and call it a day. I slowed the pace and hoped I could get a second wind, then my eyes started to get foggy. I am allergic to something in the air right now, but what?? URGH..
Foggy head, heavy body, chub rubbing raw, I was a MESS! This run was TOUGH. My route took me past my office, I wanted to cross the street and hit STOP, but I am TOUGHER than that.
It is the days when things are not easy that build the mental strength to endure. When everything in you wants to STOP, but you keep going. You make the choice to make yourself better.
I passed a guy with 3 shopping bags drinking a beer, lots of semi-speed walking women and the BEAUTY of green trees. I made it back 5 miles done, 5 TOUGH miles.
As I walked in my office building a man that I respect looked at me and said "I admire your perseverance." I shyly said "Thank You." Those words hit home....what if I would have called it quits at mile 2? He would not have know. But I was TOUGH, I persevered, and those 4 words cemented it home.
YOU WILL NEVER REGRET
GOING FOR A RUN!!!
On the TOUGH days I like to self-assess to see if there is something I can do in the future to make it better. What did I learn? Eat my snack, wear body glide or spandex, and go see the Doctor about my allergies.
- What tricks do you have to persevere through those TOUGH days?