I have probably known this for years, but have always found it easy to forget as I continue to push through most things and achieve my goals. Recently it has been brought up by a few people including my trainer and husband: as tough as I can be I am my own worst obstacle. Why can I mentally push through a tough run some days but talk myself away from other obstacles or back down? It makes me think of the song by Lit My Own Worst Enemy Maybe not for the lyrics but the title surely fits!
Since the summer my trainer has mentioned multiple times that I have one speed in racing, yes I am more of a long distance runner but my 5K pace should not be seconds faster than my 10 mile pace! The speed gets tough and uncomfortable so I back down!
Yesterday he had me running sprints in between weight sets and I talked him down from 10.0 to 9.5 on the treadmill, why I don't know! After two sets of what seemed comfortable he made me run the last one at 10.0, success! Box jumps were my other mental roadblack yesterday, ugh! The worst is knowing you can but the fear takes over and you don't even want to attempt.
Yesterday Matt brought up me talking about doing a try and wondered if I would follow through. I wonder too. I hate (or at least have myself convinced) open water swimming. The thing is I know I can swim, but always talk myself out of it.
This quote pretty much sums it all up "As an athlete, if you want control over what your physical energy creates, you must maintain an awareness of your thoughts and intentions." (Porter, 2003)
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