When you feel like stopping, how do you keep pushing yourself beyond that point?
I just apply the guilt that feel from missing a scheduled run to an incomplete workout . If I quit during an especially hard workout, that guilt eats at me until my next training day ; and I don’t like to feel that way , so that becomes a good motivator. I also have a specific mantra that I use , “finish strong ” which usually helps. — Ramon Patrone Jr.
I walk for a minute or less, to catch my breath and refocus. I used to hate doing that, but it seems to really minimize injuries. Giving myself permission to slow down for a minute has really helped me finish out a run when I’m tiring, too. — Mary Ann Daniels
If I am alone I chide myself for thinking like a quitter. If negative thoughts overtake my focus in a race, I look around and tell myself everybody here is in the same boat. And we are all nuts )) — Barb Armour
I give myself “permission” to slow down or stop once I reach the next chosen mark, i.e. the next tree, the next tenth, etc. Ironically what happens is that when I get to that next mark I’m still feeling OK and go for the next mark. Rarely ever do I end up slowing or stopping. Just giving myself permission to stop seems to have the opposite effect…like the pressure is off somehow. — Kim
I thank God for giving me the legs that keep me moving, the lungs that keep me breathing and the will to keep pushing on. —Sunupmiles (via email)
Picture the finish line!! And remind yourself that race day will suck if you don’t train right!! — Mary Kay Snider-Migdal