When your mind fails you

I’ve mentioned it a couple of times before but it bears repeating, sometimes you don’t succeed the first time or even the second or third but you’ve got to keep trying because eventually you’ll get there.

For the month of November I told y’all about the Planksgiving Challenge and how I was doing it and a lot of you jumped on board as well. The goal was to perform a 5 minute plank by the end of November and if the first paragraph of this post didn’t clue you in, my results were not even close to 5 minutes.

Unfortunately the best time for me was 3:47 and that was actually several days before the month ended. Try as I might, I just couldn’t get past 3 minutes in the final days of November. In fact, this was my total plank time this morning.

plank time
So what happened?

I can’t really pinpoint one thing because it was cumulative really but the main issue was my shoulders. As strong as my shoulders are they just gave out on me before any other part of my body and I would just collapse.  Or maybe not, maybe it was something else.

Blaming my body, it sounds good in theory, but then I did make it to 3:47 at one point so there must have been another issue, something more sinister, something evil at play here that prevented me from getting that 5 minute plank.

Was I not trying hard enough? Had I not been preparing my body for the challenge? Was I not strong enough? So many questions….So much doubt.

And then yesterday I was listening to the television and I heard someone say, ‘Your body didn’t fail you. You trained, you prepared, you knew you could do it, and you were ready, but your mind failed you.’

And that was the truth.  That was my truth.  It wasn’t my shoulder, it was my head. I gave up. I threw in the towel.  I let my head win.  But I’m not letting it get to me, I’m not giving up because I’m extending my challenge through December and if it takes me the whole damn month, that’s fine because I’m going to get this. I am.  I’m coming for you 5!

Sometime last week I came across a really interesting article with Bruce Tulloh. In the article he talks about the truth in running and he shares what he’s learned from running the last 70 years.

Bruce TullohFrom the article:
If there is one word that defines the successful runner it is “irrepressibility”. He (or she) always turns up, rain or shine, and always puts 100% into the sessions. If he has a bad race, he looks for the reasons. If he gets an injury, he looks for ways of staying fit. Above all, he loves to run, because that defines the person he is. He will be a runner all his life.

Click here to read the article in its entirety, it’s a really good read.

If you participated in the Planksgiving challenge I want to know how it went. I want to hear from you!  Leave me a comment and tell me how far you got, what motivated you and if you plan to continue for December.  (I’d love to have some company this month!)

Have you ever given into your head games and given up on yourself?  (I think we all know I have.)

12 thoughts on “When your mind fails you

  1. ok. honest to god truth….you’ve started something with this planksgiving. Mind you, i’m a bit compulsive. ha!…..I’ve put in my wee brain, that i need to do a five minute plank every day!. or at least every other day. Sooooo, i’ve been going to my yoga classes early and planking. watch in hand. time goes by faster when ladies are shuffling in….and i keep better form knowing they are wondering wtf I am doing. nut said. I plank you very much. You’ve started another wonderful routine in my life. seriously.

  2. Not a fail in my book. Way to go sticking with it another month. OK…I can’t believe I am saying this, but I will join you. UGH! I will add it to a Facebook challenge I am doing. What’s another five minutes? HELL, I tell you…HELL! I have gotten to over 4 minutes but it was like torture to my brain. Plus a month of doing it made it worse. I can do this! 🙂

    “Have you ever given into your head games and given up on yourself?” Yep! I might be the queen of that. It’s kind of what happens when you are a big dreamer with a short attention span. At 48, I doubt that is changing. I have come to love the fact that I keep throwing things out into the universe. Occasionally one sticks! Sometimes I am perfectly content “believing” I can do it and not following through. How sad is that?

    • Yay! I’m so glad you’re going to do it too! 🙂 🙂 You’re going to do it too, I know it.

      And yes, my head games are torture, just sheer torture. I am such a perfectionist that I nitpick everything I do to the nth degree. Last month I even gave in on many plank days because I convinced myself my form was all off but then my mom would watch me and tell me I was nuts….uh, yes, we know this already. LOL

      We got this girl, let’s do it!

  3. I’ve given in on several occasions and I just stop and take a few days off to refresh and then reset my mind set and get back at it. You did great! There’s no way I could hold a 3.5 min plank. You rocked it!

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