“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
~Nelson Mandela (Good Reads)
This sloth does not want to hear any of your excuses. (source)
One of my favorite things about a run is early in when it feels too hard & I don’t think I’ll be able to run the whole thing, but I keep pushing – because I know I can do it – then I break through, hit my stride, & feel like I could run forever (or you know, at least till I finish this run). I have a tendency to start too fast, so this happens a lot. By “alot” I mean every time. My legs don’t understand slowing down to go the distance, they just know they can go faster! They may be well-meaning, but my legs aren’t very bright. (FYI: I have two tricks for dealing with that overly dramatic feeling of “I can’t go on!”)
Since running is my headspace, & I’m out there for over an hour three times a week, you know I get to do a lot of thinking about this. A lot of that time is spent thinking about how to apply the ability to push on when it hurts, to move through the pain & those can’t-do feelings, to hit my stride & reach my goals to areas of my life other than running. I haven’t figured that out yet. Sore legs & labored breathing are a lot easier to push through than all those fears & doubts & self-loathing planted in my brain since childhood. I’m working on it though! My regular readers know that I have started making some changes that will put me in uncomfortable territory, so I’ll be testing it out soon enough.