As an 800m specialist, I’m considered an endurance athlete. Some of you may beg to differ, but hey, if my training plan includes 10-mile runs, I can call myself an endurance athlete! Anyway, as an endurance athlete, some of my workouts are really tough for me to get through. By the end of an hour long run or during the last rep of a 4 by 1-mile tempo session, my lungs are burning, my legs are shaking, my heart is pounding out of my chest, and my mind is telling me to stop.
You may not be a runner, but I’m certain all of you can relate to how I feel because life hands all of us situations where all we want to do is STOP. We all have circumstances where we say, “I just can’t do this anymore” or “I have no more fight left in me” or “I should just give up.” But, just like I’ve developed a method to help me push through the last mile rep of my workout, we all have to develop methods to help us push through what seem like impossible situations.
I like to call this an endurance plan. Endurance is defined as the ability to continue an unpleasant or difficult process/situation without giving up. One thing I know for sure is that we’re all going to face a variety of battles throughout our lifetimes. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to fight ANY battle without a plan. My endurance plan is pretty simple:
1. Take it one day at a time- We overwhelm ourselves by thinking about tomorrow, or next week, or next month, or next year, but we have to realize only TODAY is promised. Worrying about the future creates so much anxiety. Navigate today with the strength you have. It may not feel like you have enough strength to endure any longer, but I promise you, you do! You’re stronger than you think you are. How do I know? Because you’re here now reading this. That last battle you fought, the one you thought was going to break you, it didn’t break you. Nope. It made you stronger. You’ve got this. One day at a time.
Now, time for some transparency- I don’t always make it through all of my workouts. Sometimes I stop. Yupp, that’s right. Sometimes I just do NOT have it in me to keep going. And, guess what? You’re going to have days when you literally just don’t have it in you to get out of bed. I’m here to tell you that’s okay. You’re human. But just like I’ve learned to shake off those “crappy” workouts and get back to training the next day, we all have to learn to shake off our “crappy” days and get back to it. Don’t stay defeated for too long. The longer you stay down, the harder it is to get back up.
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