I actually do have the best siblings on the planet. I get to see my sister almost daily which is awesome and even though my brothers don’t live close they have each called me almost every single day (and some days multiple times a day) since everything happened. I told you, they are the best.
The brother in the blue shirt shares with me the best analogies about running and life (he was a super speedy cross country and track runner in high school).
When talking about this situation that I am going through my brother tells me to just take one mile at a time. That is the exact type of thinking that gets me through speed/tempo workouts and something that I rely on to get me through a race. If I just stay in the day and get through the day (and sometimes hour) then clearly I can do it again and again and again. When I look too far ahead in the future (i.e. when I am on mile 5 and start thinking about mile 22 of the marathon) then that is when I get discouraged and feel the weight of the situation. Taking one day at a time makes everything so much easier.
Let’s talk about hitting the wall. Mentally and emotionally when we are going through really tough times we feel like we have ‘hit the wall.’ It seems as though there is no possible way we can put one foot in front of the other when that wall is hit.
But we do.
I have hit the wall in every single marathon that I have ran. I hit them hard. Did I quit? Heck (sorry, Utah word) no. I pushed through the pain no matter how bad it hurt. I may have slowed down a little bit and needed extra resources like more fuel and water but I still finished, and I finished strong. Same thing in life. I hit the wall recently. Hard. BUT I am pushing through it, I may slow down a little bit and need a lot of extra ‘course support’ but we as runners know that we can push our bodies and minds to do the unthinkable.
When our legs get tired, we just pump our arms harder and we will keep going.
It is almost as though all of this running training that I have done over the years has helped prepare me for tough times in life.
We all go into our long runs and races knowing that there are going to be really tough times throughout the run but we still do it because there is nothing like that post-run high that happens when we survive and make it through something extra hard. We realize that we are stronger than we ever thought possible.
We all know that life is going to be difficult sometimes but if we simply understand this and use these hard times to strengthen ourselves, bounce back and move forward with hope, we will be okay.