Pushing through Mental Blockades
I survived the first week of training and rightfully earned my rest day! It’s been hard to schedule my workouts while settling back into school, but I managed to squeeze in enough time to finish the required amount according to my plan.
However, I have felt the mental blockades start to creep in. Remember, I haven’t run more than a 10K before and that was a few years ago, so the thought of running 13.1 miles at a time is a bit daunting. In fact, it’s so intimidating that I try not to look ahead on my schedule and instead only focus on whatever I need to complete that day.
Yesterday I was required to run/walk four miles, so I plugged in my summer playlist and set out determined to run as much of the distance as I could. I completed two miles before I had to stop and tie my shoe, which sparked the mental anxiety. Thoughts of doubt started to seep in, such as:
- Just finish this song, then you can stop.
- There’s no way you can finish that distance right now.
- My leg is too swollen (I’ve cleared it with my doctor, so deep down I know this isn’t true).
- There’s not enough blood flow in my left leg.
- You’re not ready for this.
- I feel like I’m carrying an extra 10 pounds on my left leg.
- I’m so tired.
- My body hurts.
- You’ve done great so far, you can just pick up the slack later.
This is going to be my biggest struggle throughout my training and race day. I caved every once in awhile and walked, but didn’t allow myself to walk for more than the duration of one song. Luckily, one song popped on at just the right time to really get the mojo flowing again.
“Push Push,” by Kat DeLuna and Akon got me back on track and motivated me to keep running. I know it’s not about working out or goals, but I took some of the lyrics to heart. Which ones? The chorus, of course!
Push, push, push baby don’t stop for a minute.
Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh!
I said push, push baby take it to the limit!
In the end, I ended up pushing through and running 5.6 miles! It took me longer than I would’ve liked, but I’m really proud of myself for finishing! I’m not unbelievably sore today either, so I’m amped up for tomorrow’s workout!
What do you do to get through mental blockades? How do you keep the motivation flowing?
Posted on January 29, 2011, in Exercise, Goals, Mental Health, Uncategorized and tagged Akon, Half marathon, Kat DeLuna, Mental Health, Motivation, Music, Running, Training. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.