After completing my first half marathon in May, I decided to rediscover some of my favorite exercises (besides running), like spinning classes, strength training, yoga, pilates, etc. I ended up doing just that. Heck, I even ended up walking quite a bit too. I decided to still run, but not nearly as much as training for the half. I needed a break.
Recently, what I have been struggling with is negative self talk. I think without having a time goal or race to work toward right now, it makes me a tad less motivated to workout to my full potential each day. On the days I would skip a workout or walk instead of run, I would feel very guilty and start to come down on myself. I KNOW that is the worst thing we can do, and it is not healthy.
Some might say that I should sign up for a race in order to work toward another goal - and I might do that, but I want to make sure I am doing it for the right reasons. First, I need to train my mind to think more positively and encourage myself. If I can't do that, that the goals I want to meet with my body will never come.
As I have been working on this mental struggle, I am starting to see the other side. For instance, last night I went outside with the intention to walk and do a leg circuit. I ended up running the farthest since my half marathon in May. It was slow and not easy, but it was glorious.