Thursday, March 24, 2011

Running Self Checks

I usually give up on my running attempts about half way to my goal. This time I am trying to make it stick. Not only by documenting it in blog, but by signing up for events each month to have goals to reach.

In the past when I ran I would just give up  not because I was hurting or my lungs were burning but ......well I don't know because. I have started performing self checks when my mind wants to give up before my body does. Asking myself -

Do you legs hurt? No
Does your knee hurt? No
Can you breathe? Yes
Are you hydrated and fueled? Yes and Yes
Do you have more to give? YES

Then in my best TV trainer personality in my head I tell myself to Suck it up buttercup and keep moving. I am the one getting in the way of myself. Nothing is stopping me so keep going. Then I say my mantra BE STRONG, EMBRACE POWER. Say it, believe it, become it!  That is usually enough to keep one foot moving in front of the other and often helps me to pick up the pace a little.

Do you perform self checks while running? Do you have a mantra or inspiration quote you remind yourself of when you want to give up?


  1. Pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever by Lance Armstrong is my inspiration quote.

    I also use it during runs when I want to give up and go home. Or I say to myself just one more mile, or use points where I run to like trees, or just this song and then you can walk if you still want too.

  2. Fran - I use tree's or points when I run outside also - I tell myself if make it there and you can walk 9 out of 10 times I keep going and pick a new point.

    Thanks for sharing the quote