A simple mental strategy for going further when you feel like quitting a long run or ride is to break it down into chunks. We can mentally manage a shorter distance, even more so distances we already know that we can go.
When you don’t feel like completing all of your miles, challenge yourself to go to a tree, sign, bridge, landmark, etc further down the way. When you get there, acknowledge that you made it and notice how you feel accomplishing that. Don’t forget that important step of acknowledgement, it’s highly beneficial to us mentally. It draws our attention to the moment and allows us to highlight what we did well.
After that, you continue. If you still feel like you’re mentally struggling, repeat what you just did because you can do it again. Focus on getting to that next point and no further.
You are in the here and now moment, focused on one thing at a time. You can continue to keep going if you choose to find another landmark and challenge yourself to get to that.
On the other hand, after using the mental strategy, you might have forgotten altogether that you didn’t feel like doing the miles in the first place. You’re back in the game.
Accomplishments feel amazing, but celebrate the progress, not just the end result. It’s okay if you felt like quitting, but in the end, you made it.
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