Have you done your Dog Days of Summer challenge yet this week?! No? Well what are you waiting for?!?! There's been some killer athletes crushing the challenges. Each week so far there's been a different winner, so never count yourself out! Speak of, CONGRATS KASEY P for winning last week's rowing challenge! You can pick up your gift card Graph-Tex at the box next time you're in!
On today's episode of "mental toughness" we'll touch upon excuses: why they suck and how to avoid them.
Nobody wants to hear your excuses, and deep down you hate them too. You use excuses to cover up the fact that you just gave up half way through the workout when things weren't going your way. Once you realize this fact, hopefully you'll want to work harder towards taking responsibility for yourself instead of blaming outside sources.
Now, I'm not trying to lecture you or call you out to make you feel bad. This is something that every single one of us does at some point in time. But since this IS such a common occurrence, we all know how it feels later on that day, or later on that week, when you realize that you could have done better if you didn't have an excuse to fall back on.
The key to avoiding this feeling is to control what you can control, and adapt to circumstances that you cannot control. Things happen in workouts that are beyond our control that may hinder our time or performance. Equipment may fail, your hands might rip or the weather may not be exactly to your liking. These are things that happen unexpectedly, but you cannot use them as an excuse. Do what you can with what you've got and continue to give it your all. If you can look back on a workout and know that you gave it everything you had and didn't lie to yourself about how hard you tried, then you completed that workout successfully and can be completely happy with it.
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This is a video clip showing the ending of the 1982 Boston Marathon "Duel in the Sun". Dick Beardsley is a marathon runner who is a speaker at my running camp every year. He is an amazing man with an amazing story, and is most famous for losing this race in the closest marathon finish in history. This pertains to what we were just talking about because he always mentions the point of the race where the announcer says "the motorcycles, they've got to get out of the way!" and how every person in his life would 100% believe that he would have won the race if the motorcycles never cut him off; everyone but himself. He knew that that had nothing to do with it, and wouldn't be able to live with himself if he used that as an excuse. He can, however, live with himself because whenever he looks back on that race he knows there's not one point in the entire 26.2 miles where he could have given it any more than he did.
*Dick Beardsley is famous for his running career, but is a motivational speaker because of his eventual addiction to pain killers after numerous tragic accidents. His story is beyond inspirational. If you're interested, ask Maria about his books: Staying the Course; a Runner's Toughest Race. Maybe we can get a "lending library" of some good books going!
"When I do the best I can with what I have, then I have won my race."
Posted on Tue, August 19, 2014