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It's no secret that running is a mental game. It's not about how strong you are, strength is just a tiny piece of the puzzle, running is really about how strong your mind is. Something I learned when I was out in Los Angeles with November Project Los Angeles, killing the stairs of the Hollywood Bowl, was that I was a lot stronger than I was giving myself credit for. I would look up before a workout and immediately tell myself that I wouldn't be able to run the stairs. Then I'd get started and with the help of the people around me, I would push myself to not only complete the workout, but to finish strong. I realized that I wasn't just defining what I was and wasn't capable of doing, but I wasn't working on that muscle in my brain that tells me to pull back when I get uncomfortable.
The more I ran stairs, the harder I pushed myself. I thought I'd worked through my mental block but recently, it reared it's ugly head again. I'm still having a really hard time pushing myself when I get uncomfortable. I tell myself that I'm tired and that it would be easier to just run at a slower pace, so I do. Or I see my finish line, the top of a hill, or the end of an interval and pull back instead of finishing strong. It's disappointing and really annoying but it's something I'm working on. These changes don't happen overnight. If it were easy, it wouldn't be worth it, right?
How do you push yourself through mental blocks? Let me know in the comments below!
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