Yesterday I was emailing one of the athletes I coach. He was having a lot of anxiety about the long run I'd given him for today. People who know me know I thrive off the mental component to most everything. I'm all about the mental connection to our bodies, to people ... If you can engage someone mentally (to include yourself), this is when the journey takes on a whole new level of sophistication and intensity; the commitment just is different.
I thought I'd include an excerpt from my email to him. Who can't stand a little motivation from time to time? My words were about his long run, but really, it's about anything:
It’s like anything. If you mentally prepare, you can usually persevere. It’s all in your head. For me it’s about settling into the rhythm of the run and not buying into those moments when my body starts to hurt or when it says, “you’re tired.” You’ve just got to keep moving. The great thing about long runs is there are highs and lows. That means sometimes you will feel incredible and other times you will feel like dog shit. Both will pass. The point is to stay in the game long enough to let the tough times pass and to move into the higher points. Then you learn that you can move through anything. Nothing will frighten you. Go get 'em!