It is amazing how many people have had the same experiences as I in dealing with “The Voice” that continually speaks negative thoughts during a workout or run.
Another blogger, Mimi’s Getting Fit, just posted a great post talking about the same issue. When you get a chance, go read the post and also peruse her blog, you will be inspired and motivated after you see all that she has accomplished!
Yesterday, as I sat at the Chiropractor’s office waiting to be seen, I began pondering… “What, for me, would be the best way to stay positive about my workouts and long runs?” Good question, I answered. 🙂
Hmmm. What really excites me about a particular run is the feeling just after I finish. As I sit on the back porch, throwing a stick to “The Dog” and look at the stats of my run; that is the best feeling. It is the feeling of accomplishment. The feeling of beating the odds. I never thought I’d be a runner, let alone one who likes his stats!
For instance yesterday, I ran hard hill workouts in 108 heat index and humidity. I only ran 4 miles overall, but they were good miles. I got home, soaked in sweat, and sat outside in that same 108 heat and felt great. The run wasn’t easy, but that feeling of accomplishment was so powerful.
I say all that to say this… Each day I am going to reach for that goal. The goal of enjoying the results of my runs. So when I head out to run (after getting up at 2:30 AM, working 10 hours, running to the store on the way home, then finally heading out in the summer heat to run) I am going to begin by thinking of the end. Thinking of the point of exhilaration I experience after a good workout. Thinking of the positive. SILENCING THE VOICE!!!
Everyone has a reason(s) they run, workout and or exercise. Everyone has a voice telling them at times that today just isn’t going to be a good day to go out and they need a break.
Recognize “The Voice” and defeat it with the very reason you run or exercise. Your motivation. For me, it is that feeling of, “Ahhh, what a great workout” and playing with “The Dog”!!!