Mind Games

by Rebecca on October 24, 2012

"You learn to run a certain pace and you kind of just callous yourself over and over again and it just gets a little bit easier and a little bit easier and you’re able to hold on a bit more," Olympian Amy Hastings has found. (source)

Amy Hastings Amy Hastings competes in the women's 10,000 meter final during Day One of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 22, 2012 in Eugene, Oregon.

(source)

I’ve been thinking a lot about grit and callousing oneself during running, and how that might spill over into our everyday lives.

Just yesterday I took Oldest to get new shoes, as his knees were aching in his worn-out Kinvara 3’s.

DSC_0008

(He chose these sweet kicks.)

While we are browsing, I generally act like I am not paying attention to him.  I do this because I don’t want to influence him with my own running shoe bias.  (Of course he knows I am crazy and slice off the heels of my shoes, etc.)  But still.  I want to let him decide for himself.

So besides staring at a hunky runner who was trying on shoes on the other side of the store, I had to occupy myself with the latest edition of Competitor.

dean

My eyes landed directly onto this quote from Dean Karnazes, which felt meaningful to me, as I still haven’t been able to fully process how I made it through a marathon while suffering through stomach cramps.  Though I wasn’t quite as Zen as Dean about it, I can identify with just trying to concentrate on putting one foot in front of the other.  And feeling horrible yet knowing that you still have hours of running ahead.  And doing it anyway. 

(I was definitely searching for mile markers.)

I do think that developing this sort of grit, and callousing myself as a runner, makes me better at sticking with my commitments, even when the going gets tough. 

Just this week I have had many instances where I have wanted to throw my hands in the air and give up;  however, I am beginning to believe that giving up isn’t in my nature anymore.

DSC_0002-001

For example, I didn’t give up on the dregs of the almond butter jar.  Instead, I made “chocolate chips in a jar.”  It’s like “oats in a jar,” but better.  Much better.

DSC_0005-001

I also didn’t give up when Oldest was unmoved by my newly-acquired recipe book. 

Instead, I told him to mark some recipes that he wanted me to make.  Thirty minutes later I had my shopping list and a menu.

And when Youngest said that he didn’t, in fact,  want to learn his multiplication tables, I told him that he had to do it or he wouldn’t get to eat my Feed Zone dinner (just kidding – sort of).

But the point is, running alters our thinking process.  And bad races can have good outcomes besides making us feel worthless. 

So I want to thank each and every one of you who has not given up on me, the ones who continue to hang in there and read this blog despite my occasional failures.

Because there are sure to be many more.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Complex Dad October 24, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Oldest had a shock when he went to make his lunch tonight and found chocolate chips in the almond butter jar. Now we know why!

Reply

Jared Coccia December 29, 2012 at 11:59 am

So he runs in Mizunos now :) I love my mizunos they are my favorite shoes so far, chocolate chips in almond butter sounds good I’m going to try it.

Reply

trousse longchamps May 9, 2013 at 2:40 am

I have been exploring for a little bit for any high-quality articles or blog posts on this sort of area . Exploring in Yahoo I ultimately stumbled upon this website. Reading this info So i am glad to show that I have an incredibly just right uncanny feeling I found out just what I needed. I most definitely will make sure to don?t fail to remember this website and provides it a look regularly.

Reply

toms shoes women sale May 9, 2013 at 2:41 am

Someone necessarily help to make critically articles I’d state. This is the first time I frequented your website page and to this point? I amazed with the analysis you made to make this particular post amazing. Great activity!

Reply

jurassic park builder hack March 20, 2014 at 6:05 pm

In the show’s first year, a number of regular faces staffed the ER.
This allows you to build in a “hinge” into your model so the base can be folded up and put
away when not needed. First off, in a previous interview conducted by Screen Rant, he candidly
addressed the reality of seeing another movie set on
the islands from the first three films. ,” officially leaving behind his pulp years until 2008′s “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Most of the rides are named after marvel characters such as
Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk and Wolverine.

Other than Jurassic Park, the rest of the four islands are the Lost Continent, Marvel Super Hero
Island, Seuss Landing, and Toon Lagoon. However, he eventually
comes to realize that he cannot control the dinosaurs and is desperate to see his grandchildren brought
back out to safety. com you can find lots of themed kids
party invites. It’s 1 of these couple of dinosaurs which
are given the gift of flight. – Ski Dubai is the largest indoor
ski slope in the world and will give you a lifelong experience of fun and adventure.

Reply

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: