Two years ago I did a marathon after not running or competing for a number of years. I hit the wall, but I kept hearing the voice of Dory in "Finding Nemo," "just keep swimming, swimming..." over and over.
This article could not have been timed better. I ran my longest run today ever, 14 miles, and there were numerous times that I waned to hist stop on the treadmill and just throw in the towel. Thank you for reminding me that I am stronger than I believe and giving strategies to help me get over the wall,
Finish Line Pose.... Getting stronger sound track playing in my head.
10/6/2011 9:37:00 AM
I definitely know what you're talking about - everyone who has run a long race can pinpoint exactly when they hit the wall. For me it was at mile 18 during the Philly marathon. I kept going because I was running with a friend and didn't want to hold her back, so that's another good way to motivate yourself - be accountable to someone else.
I don't understand how people here can say this article doesn't apply to weight-loss when so many comments here clearly show very discouraged people ("I'm slipping," "this darkness I'm in," etc.) who have hit "The Wall" in their weight-loss journey. Yeah, there's not a true finish line in a healthy lifestyle as there is in a road race, but there are certainly goals, and these suggestions can help people moving onwards and upwards to where they want to be as people and physical specimens.
That said, they definitely do apply to running as well. I read this article last year, but I'm running the Chicago Marathon this weekend, my first-ever and something I couldn't have done if I hadn't turned my lifestyle around and become a "Sparkperson" almost two years ago, so thanks Julie, and thanks for reposting this, Sparkpeople: I will definitely use these when the going gets tough this Sunday and reach that goal I've set for myself, using Sparkpeople once again.
I wish I could say that I had an epiphany after reading this, or that I some major life change was brought about, but I'm still discouraged. The author was thinking this while running a marathon and I feel like I'm never gonna be running a marathon, let alone come out of the darkness I'm in. Thanks for the suggestions, but I'm not fully convinced I can related to this.
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