Last night I tried to run before I had to be on the pool deck to teach. I was scheduled for a 6pm lesson so I only had about 20 min to run, but it’s better than nothing, right? Besides, I’m just getting back into it again and shouldn’t overdo it or I’ll end up hurt like this past summer. (If you’re new here, I had hip flexor and shin splint issues last summer that made me quite miserable and hobbly.)
I tried. It was a disaster. I don’t know what the hell happened, but after my warm up, the back of my leg seized up like I’ve never felt in my leg before and that was that. Dunzo.
I was sad about that. I know, I’m weird, but I get sad when I can’t physically (or mentally) get my workout done. Especially if I was looking forward to it. Ever have that happen?
As I was swimming with one of my lessons, I talked myself down from being sad by reminding myself of the following:
- I have to listen to my body. If it’s too much and I can’t do it because I’m in pain or can’t breathe, I have to step it down or take a break. Last night was a pain night so I just stopped.
- Not every time can be my best. This is really hard for me to internalize, but after I said it to one of my swimmers last night, I was reminded that it’s true for everything I do. Sometimes I’m not feeling the swim, sometimes I burn cookies, sometimes…well you get the idea. Not everything I do can be my very best all the time and this totally has to apply to running in my life.
- Just because I could before doesn’t mean I can today. Some things are not like riding a bike, baking or crocheting, they don’t just come back to you without thought or work. Running is like this for me. It takes work to even be passable at decent, let alone any sort of good. I have to work at it when I got to being able to run 5 miles, it took a long time to work up to that and it will take a lot of time to get back to that. (I did 5 miles once when my brother was deployed last time. It took me an hour and a gallon of water after to feel halfway normal. I’d like to get back to that.)
There are other things such as “I can make it through one more song.” that I’ll tell myself as I run, but those are the big reminders. How about you? What do you tell yourself to make it through a run (or the feelings about the run afterwards)? It doesn’t have to be about running, it can be about any difficult thing you’re facing in life.