Would you like some cheese with your whine? It’s so easy to whine and complain. Sometimes it seems like there’s more inspiration behind the act of complaining than in the act of being positive. The groans can roll off your tongue so quickly. While complaining can make you feel better, for the short-term, it also brings on a wave of negativity to you and those you are complaining and commiserating with.
I could easily allow myself to whine and complain throughout my runs and workouts. This past week of marathon training was tough, with high temperatures and relentless humidity. I tipped in with a total weekly mileage of 35 (my max to date) that included Hill Repeats. I am also very busy at work where there’s never any downtime thanks to the Blackberry which means I am constantly carving out pockets of precious time to spend with my 7-year-old twin girls. How easy it would be to say I don’t have enough time or I’m too tired or it’s just too hard.
Nah. I don’t choose that option. I choose to limit my grumblings if not avoid it altogether. Doing so makes me feel better and stronger. I have enough challenges to conquer with marathon training and work/life balance as a full-time working mom, that I see no value in adding ‘complaining’ as a means of motivation and inspiration.
I have a habit of immediately looking for a solution whenever I’m confronted with a problem. If I want to run the marathon, I need to train. That means, even when it’s hot, humid, raining or whether I feel tired, bloated, achy… I need to get out and train. It’s very hard work. I might as well embrace the challenge of new behavior rather than blanket it with a negativity of complaints that will only slow me down.
Here is how I felt running last week in the high humidity and heat: soaking wet through my socks, my eyes stinging from a non-stop waterfall of sweat down my forehead, a scratchy throat from the occasional gnat that flew into my mouth and when I paused for a sip of water my body was so burning hot that steam was rising off my arms. That is how I felt. What I kept thinking is that all these difficult sensations that I had to learn to run with are merely part of the training process. I was reminded of this awesome quote: “Don’t Be Upset By The Results You Didn’t Get With The Work You Didn’t Do”. I decided to grab the challenge, store it in my (sweaty) pocket and plan to bring it out at the marathon.
When I feel my mind wanting to drift into the Land of Excuses, sabotaging my will-power to keep going, to keep pushing, I remind myself of that phrase. I will not put myself in a state of denial about my true actions. I do not plan on running the NYC Marathon wondering if I trained enough. I want to wake up that morning feeling 100% prepared physically and mentally to get up and just run all 26. 2 miles. No regrets. I don’t believe you can lie, cheat or trick your body into running a marathon. Anything I DIDN’T do in training will reveal itself at some point over 26.2 miles. I want to avoid or at least limit that kind of result from happening so that indeed I will be smiling across the finish line!