by Christian Jensen, Run Forever Sports Ambassador
You've just stopped running. There you are lying on your back staring up at the sky. You begin to think, that's it? Really? Then the words, "No! I can't do anymore and today just is not the day. I have failed..." But it doesn't have to be that way.
The mind does an amazing job at finding ways to negotiate away from your goals. It will quickly give you what seem like great reasons for why you should stop. Its creativity will appeal to your emotions and your intellect, and your body will even lie to make what your mind is saying undeniable.
What's really amazing is that all the while your legs are cramping at the slightest of movement there is at the back of all this internal chatter a distant desire to prove it wrong, a deep need to accomplish this thing you set out to do. When you try to grasp on to that desire, all of the other emotions will intensify as if to say, "Are you crazy? No!"
During a difficult patch in your run you might start thinking to yourself. "I don't want to, what was I thinking? This is stupid, I could be warm and comfortable! I'm hurting myself for nothing, no one cares anyway and I could be spending my time doing... Whatever!"
A special kind of euphoria envelops as you ignore the mental clatter in that moment. You can bring that desire through to the surface, stand up, continue moving forward and begin answering the question "If I did" ... How? Breathe in, breathe out, eat and move forward. Breathe in, breathe out, drink and move forward. Breathe in, breathe out, adjust your speed and move forward. Breathe in, breathe out. Repeat this and continue to MOVE FORWARD!
After you do that you will find yourself there at the finish line as a new person, reborn through trial, knowing something about yourself and the human spirit that was not there before.
It is okay to give up as many times as you need as long as you keep moving forward.