BQ Or Bust 013 The Mental Block

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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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Kelly Roberts

My name is Kelly Roberts and I am a 25 year old New York City resident. My story made headlines when I took selfies with hot guys “hottie hunting” my way through the NYC Half Marathon. My blog, www.RunSelfieRepeat.com is bursting with humor and personal stories that lend an insight into the world of running and lead you to believe that just about anyone, regardless of their fitness level, can and should fall in love with running. Though currently an avid runner, I never would have predicted I would run marathons. I was the kid who used to hide in the bushes or play dead to get out of running the mile in school. I HATED running. But running has given me a purpose. It’s shown me that I really am limitless. In the two years since I started running, I’ve run multiple half marathons, 10ks, and 5ks, and two full marathons. My mission is to inspire others to find the courage to say yes to themselves all the while making them laugh hysterically because laughing is the solution to everything.