6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

TOUGH

Anyone who tells you that running is easy every day is full of it. I love to run, it is a part of my life, a habit, a life choice, a passion. But it is NOT easy. There are days when I barely notice my feet hitting the ground, where body and mind connect and I glide through the miles effortlessly. Then there are days when it is TOUGH..

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?

35 comments:

Marlene said...

Way to push through a hard run. Those are the ones that REALLY make us stronger... and just think of how WONDERFUL your next run will feel!

Marlene said...

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kimert said...

Good job on pushing through your tough run! I'm one of those that probably would have listened to the devil on my shoulder telling me to stop if it was that hard! (semi-kidding..but I do fight with that little devil a lot) In those cases I try to remember comments (like the one you received) and push harder to get through with whatever I set out to do because after all, do I want to make that person think (even though he/she can't see me) I am a quitter? Heck no!

Tricia said...

great job pushing through!

hundredtenpounds said...

Running is hard work! It takes a good mental outlook and willpower. The way I look at it this way: I'm glad I'm not too injured to run!

DaphneB said...

It starts with small petty things like being skinny again and looking good for my reunion and works up to the super motivating...first to the kid in Seattle that ran for 24 hours straight...and then up to people that I have only read about that are in adverse conditions and push through regardless.

Kate said...

Good job! Always smart to evaluate what went wrong or could have made things more right.

Running is ALWAYS tough for me. On the days that are tougher than usual, I make myself go for at least 5 minutes and then have the option to quit. Or get to THAT spot before I stop. Or slow down. usually if I keep doing those things I can keep going. If I don't, I figure that part of a run beats nothing.

The thing that keeps me going is to be able to continue to mark off accomplishments, improvements, and goals. Plus, seeing the changes that running has done in my body and in my endurance doesn't hurt! :)

Chelsea said...

Heh, I just blogged about this issue a few days ago. :)

I think about those of you that have run marathons and take 5 mile lunch runs - if you can run 5 miles at LUNCH, then I can run 2 or 4 in the evening.

I've also learned to not be as hard on myself as I used to be. Before, I'd get SO down on myself on the 'Rough' days for wanting to walk. But now I know that for every Rough day, I'll have a good day. It's okay to walk for 30 secs, as long as I pick it back up and RUN!

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

I was talking with Army Son about this very thing this morning! He is having a tough time a AIT. He is often told that what he is doing is tough, designed to make soliders fail, beyond what he can do... I reminded him that he can take pride in the fact that he is doing something that many others can't or won't.

For me, I like the thought that I am doing just that. Something that other won't. Something that other think is just too hard, too time consuming, too much effort. I have made time to run every day for 70ish days now. It baffles me that people will say they can not find the time toget/stay healthy. For me those tough days just prove what I love most about me, that I am tougher!

S Club Mama said...

I am just mindful of my accomplishments and how far I've come. If I have a hard 3 miles, I just think "I ran 9 miles before" so then I know that it's possible to have another good 3 mile run sometime. Maybe not today or tomorrow but it will happen. :)

Meredith said...

Way to go on persevering!! And I LOVE this post! Had a tough 10 last weekend, a good 3 on Tuesday, and an 8 today that we pushed on through. Made me wonder how in the world the runs the week before felt like I was running on air!

I once overheard a friend say you will never regret working out, but you will regret it if you don't. THAT is what keeps me going, because it is so true for me.

I woke up at 5:20 this morning to get my run in, this was after lying awake coughing until 1 or 1:30 and 2 kids waking me in the middle of the night. I so hoped for my running partner to text me to cancel. I almost canceled. But, I pushed on because I knew I'd regret it if I didn't and since I'm running Hood to Coast in August, I felt I better train while I'm tired so I can be ready to run on no sleep!

My other trick to keep me going? Jillian Michaels in my ear saying, "it's NOT going to kill you!"

ajh said...

I had a tough 10 miler today on a route I love. First I forgot the holder for my wonderful new Nathan Hand Held so I left it in the car. Big mistake. The miles dragged and I am still beat even though my run was slow slow. I stopped at my car at 8.7 as I was going by it and drank and drank and drank. I did finish the last 1.3 even though I did not want to!

Angie Bishop said...

What an amazing comment for a runner!! I love it!
Good post Mel and way to set a positive example for others. You make mistakes and then learn from them :)

Lindsey and Thomas said...

On tough runs when I want to stop or quit I just remind myself that if I stop now I'm training myself to stop in the race, if I keep on going, I'll keep going strong in the race.

onelittletrigirl said...

Tough runs make you tougher! For me, once I get out there, I can usually push myself through no matter what. But on a tough day, I have trouble even starting!

Middle Name Marie said...

My trick to getting through tough days is to get dressed for running. I know it sounds weird, but when I am in running clothes I think, "Well, I am already dressed. I might as well get to it." On weekends and in the summer, that means running is the first thing I do. When I go back to work in the fall, I change out of my work clothes and into my running clothes immediately after arriving home.

People always think that it is so easy for me to run as often as I do. They don't know that some days running is a real mental struggle--honestly, that only makes me love the sport more.

run with Jill said...

Well, news of Dick Chaneys 5th heart attack got me out the door yesterday.

onebadrunner said...

I know that it is always short-lived. Whether I'm exhausted, hungry, headache, whatever - it won't last forever.

Lisa said...

Oh, I've had days like that. I guess I just push through to the end knowing that I've learned a lesson and the next run should be better. Or, if it's exceptionally bad and I just can't do it, I'll slow down to a fast walk and walk the rest of it. Not all runs are going to be fantastic, but another great run is around the corner!

Bethany + Ryan said...

true true, BUT when you have a bad run, you can usually go back and figure out why! like you showed us in this post! :-)

Rene' said...

that has been my week and I am excited to get home and get going again. sometimes i just shake my head and wonder how i ever ran a half just a month ago and then i put a smile on and keep going:) it is more a mind set with me than anything!

Joy Blaylock said...

I get out every day and do something. Most days that is running 4-5 miles or one long run a week. But, days like today, allergies+95 degrees+poor sleep+blahs leaves me just taking it easy for a run/walk combo. One thing running has taught me is to pay attention to my body and the peaks and valleys in training. Who knows, tomorrow I may have a zippy 8 miles. I've learned to be okay with the variances.

Christina said...

You are tough and determined.

Running is hard work. I'm glad I am not the only one feeling that way. That being said, I am always happy and sometimes proud of myself that I got it done. I enjoy running, especially when I'm not worried about pace or the heat.

H Love said...

Way to go! I guess you are human? I love how you reflect and learn something from every run. Hope the next one is easy...cheesy!

H Love said...

Way to go! I guess you are human? I love how you reflect and learn something from every run. Hope the next one is easy...cheesy!

MomRunningFromCancer said...

Somedays we have it and somedays we don't. Heat, allergies, stress, diet, work, sleep, hydration . . . it all factors in and who knows what the right combo is.

Way to stick with it and to "persevere".

Jo Lynn said...

It is *so* tough, that is why a very small percentage of the population can call themselves runners. I'm glad I'm one. How about you? ;)

teacherwoman said...

Great post! Sometimes those tough runs are more mental than anything. That was me yesterday in the hot gym. I wanted to call it quits, but had to remind myself that my legs were still going and I felt strong. I had plenty of time and knew I wouldn't get it done later, so then was better than never. Afterwards, I reminded myself of how good I felt, even if it were just 3 miles.

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

I admire your perserverence too! Tough runs are no fun, but you did it and are stronger for it!! And I just wonder how long that man has been wanting to say that to you???? Probably a while!

J said...

Great job pushing through the run and getting it done! I have had those types of run and just finishing it is a great accomplishment!

amomontherun said...

Great post! I've just recently started checking in on your blog. I've had a lot of those tough days lately, where it would be so much easier to just give up! But, that feeling you get at the end, the enforphin high that overwhelms you~ that's one of my motivations to keep going.

heather said...

Mental toughness is my downfall so I run on trails instead of near my house where it is easy to go home. If I'm a mile out on a trail and I want to quit I have to run back to the car.

Candice @ I Have Run said...

So, so true. I love these kinds of posts because they remind me what it really means to be a runner and to be part of a group of people going through the same ups and downs. Great job on the run.

aron said...

its so funny sometimes, no matter how many runs we go on or how many times we make little mistakes, we still take the little things (body glide, no snack) for granted or forget and are brought back down to earth :) i think its good to happen every so often... makes the good runs really good and just reminds us of where we are coming from :)