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!

motivation
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.)

Cooler Temps make a difference…

I am in heaven, seriously. I woke up this morning to this:

weather
I’m pretty sure this is the coldest day that we’ve had in almost a year and it did not disappoint. It was glorious.

Starting the day off with cooler temperatures was just the beginning of great things because my plank this morning for the #planksgiving challenge also went quite well.

plank
Three and half minutes!  I know, right?  Crazy.

And then my run went very well. Seven miles this morning at a fairly easy pace, it felt nice and comfortable and I loved it. It was a nice change from the humidity and light rain of Sunday morning and the heat of Friday morning. I’ll take this weather any day.

Over the weekend I didn’t run much. In fact, I didn’t do much working out at all but if you count all the shopping I did with my mom, I probably ran the equivalent of 4 or 5 marathons. My mom, on the other hand probably ran a few ultras because she is the Dean Karnazes of shopping.

mom shopping
After doing some kind of shopping every single day for the last week, I needed a break. Mom kept going though because she never gets tired of it. With all that energy I was really excited to see how well she would do in the Turket Trot this year but both she and the kid have opted not to do it.

The kid doesn’t want to commit because he may go out the night before and therefore he doesn’t want to have to get up early and even though I offered to put coupons on the finish line and lots of Kohl’s cash and Macy’s rewards, mom said no.

cardio shopping
And Mom has made it perfectly clear that she wants to do dinner early so that she can get ready for shopping after 6PM on Thanksgiving day. There is no shame in her game.

However, I am running the Turkey Trot and come hell or high water or a flash sale at Macy’s, I’ll be there.

Are you running on Thanksgiving day?
Will you be shopping on Thanksgiving day? How about black Friday?