How to Complete a Hard Workout

We all have those workouts where we read the details and think what was my coach thinking? How can I possibly complete that? How can I hit those paces? Asking yourself these questions is your first mistake. Although, I still have these thoughts when I first read a workout, immediately after I start telling myself “I can“.

I can run 4 miles at a 7 minute pace.

I can hold a 6 minute pace for 1 minute.

I can run a marathon at a 7:xx pace.

I can, I can, I can…

The more I say it the more I believe it. Before I go to sleep I visualize myself executing the workout perfectly and when I get out of bed the next morning I am ready to tackle it regardless of the result. However, how do you push through when you are in the midst of the workout and all you want to do is stop? Set smaller goals for yourself.

Focus on the mile, minute, seconds that you are in and nothing more.

Once you make it through the first segment think of the next, keep taking the workout apart in chunks! I do this for all my workouts. It is a huge help mentally. Besides for me, its mainly myself that stands in the way of success in my hard workouts, specifically doubts and getting inside my own head. If I can control that, the workout is much easier for me to complete. When the negativity or the need to quit sneaks up how do you push it away?

Mantras. This too shall pass. What if you can?  I can, I will. No regrets. 

Think about your goal. What are you working for? How bad do you want it? Put in the work!

Prove yourself to yourself. Show yourself you can. Put forth your best effort and have no regrets.

Trick yourself. Tell yourself if you hit one mile or x minutes at the prescribed pace, then you can stop, but keep upping it to the next mile and before you know it you will be done!

Turn up the music. I don’t run with music, but if you do put on that playlist that puts a pep in your step and gets you to forget the pain of the workout and just settle in and let the music take you through the workout.

Find what works for you!

Some of my most rewarding workouts are the ones where I want to quit and I don’t, I push through and come out physically and mentally stronger. These are the workouts I am most proud of because they get me that much closer to my goal.

Reaching your running goals is just as much mental as it is physical!

Happy Saturday Everyone!


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