This morning I really wanted to stop running at three miles. I just wasn’t feeling it. Every step was work. I was tired and achy and just a plain old whiny baby. BUT I really needed to get in a long run (esp while the humidity was lower) so I didn’t fall far behind in my training for the half marathon I’m doing in October.
My mantra for the next four and a half miles was “Don’t quit. Don’t quit. Don’t quit.” It’s got a good cadence to match one’s footfalls to.
When I got home (proud that I’d completed my scheduled 7.5 miles) I put a pair of running socks on my wish list today that say “Don’t Quit” on the heel. (My theory is that anyone who’s behind me in a race is slower than me, and if you’re slower than me, I’m guessing you’ve wanted to quit a couple gazillion times.)
I got to thinking that the Don’t Quit socks would probably come in handy whether or not you’re a runner. Aren’t there days that we all want to quit something?
What mantras/tricks do you use when you want to quit something but know you shouldn’t?