One thing I have benefited from recently through running and blogging is finding comfort in the fact that I am not alone when I find myself in that dark, dreaded rut. It has been plaguing me recently and today, I really feel I found the true exit. Not that pretend one that just wraps around straight back into that same rut you are trying so hard to pull yourself out of.
I have found my passion for running again by finding my positive attitude again. I can be hard on myself. Really hard. I don't think there is anyone out there who can be harder on me than me. Why do I do this to myself? I don't know but it does have the benefit of me having the capability to push myself to success. But it has that dreaded downfall of being too hard on myself when I am not achieving the goals I set for myself.
Case in point. Earlier this week I had a great workout with paces I should be really happy with. However, since it wasn't exactly what I planned to do because of that dreaded rut and my hectic life, I wasn't happy with the workout. Does it benefit me to think poorly of myself in this case? Absolutely not!
Today I woke up in that same rut but I was beginning to see the light. I remembered ruts in the past where I just did nothing. This time, I am still getting out there and doing something. I may be doing more cross training but I am not laying around gloomy. I made it to the gym this morning with the same mantra I have been giving myself all week --- you just need to do at least 20 minutes of something. If you do more, great. If not, it is okay.
I cycled today and spent a little time leafing through a Shape magazine before I tossed it to the floor to really feel the cycling in my legs. I left my iPod in my gym bag and listened to the music at the gym. And I reflected on my training and realized, I am doing great! I am staying active and even squeezed in a second workout on a day where I felt my morning workout wasn't enough.
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