Willpower is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it gets…
I’ve been battling with my long runs lately. Big time. I get all geared up mentally during the week — often fueled by some pretty frickin awesome speed and mid-length (8-10 mile) runs. I finish them and am immediately overwhelmed by post-run bliss – mentally thinking I am some sort of run goddess or queen or something…
hardly, but I’ll take the post-run high.
Then I get to Sunday and I just wonder how I’m going to make it. Except for a mini injury scare last week where my right hip was acting all geriatric, I’ve finished them all, but not as mentally strong and confident as long runs past.
Chicago is 7 weeks out which means I have 4 weeks of strong hard, training to go before I taper.
So I’ve started talking to myself on the LR’s- the in my head talking to myself kind of talking to myself.
I Can. So I Will.
Believe in Yourself. Don’t Stop.
Dig Deep. Never Ever Give Up.
Mentally Tough, Physically Strong.
What I’ve learned is that willpower is a muscle and can be strengthened. Strengthening it is a key predictor of success. There is a great article in the Boston Globe here that details some of this – it’s a really good read if you have a moment or need a little kick in the rear.
Anyway, how about today’s LR?!?!?!
18 miles. 2:47.
hot hilly and humid, smiling with SUPER dead legs at the finish.