Determination! (Part 2)


“Pain is nothing compared to what it feels like to quit.” 

6. Be determined to complete your workout no matter what and surprise yourself. Every single time that I have started a workout that I actually had to mentally will myself to do, I have never regretted it and these have been some of the best workouts I’ve had. The mind is a powerful thing. Use it to motivate a powerful workout. Instead of waiting to “feel like” doing a workout, do it in spite of how you feel before starting and let the feelings of accomplishment and satisfaction follow the act.

7. Stop underestimating your abilities. I’m not good enough. I’m not fast enough. I’m not strong enough. Well, if you don’t do your workout, then maybe those things will become true. But you are far more capable than you think and you will never know how good you are at something unless you try it and keep trying. Don’t give up at any little bump in the road. Practice makes perfect!

8. Be patient with yourself. If you’ve gained weight and feel frustrated, remember that it didn’t happen overnight and you won’t lose it overnight, either. But the sooner you get started and make it a HABIT, the better. If you haven’t achieved that PR yet, stick with it. Slow but steady always wins the race. If you’re not where you want to be in your running, i.e., race pace, evaluate what you’re currently doing to see what can be improved. If you’re not sure and need guidance, let me know! I am here to help!

9. Find that “thing” that motivates you. I’m currently coaching the American Cancer Society DetermiNation runners for the Savannah Rock N’ Roll half and full marathons taking place on November 3rd. Why are they running? They are fighting for more birthdays. Someone in their lives has been affected by a deadly disease or maybe they are fighting cancer themselves. Regardless of the reason, they have personal motivation to stay determined to stay on course. Whether you join ACS or some other group, find your inspiration with another team training for a race. Training is fun when you have others to help hold you accountable and keep you company during training!

Check out some of the fun we’ve had so far this training season here!

10. Lastly, love thyself. In all seriousness, there are some real diseases out there that can keep us from having the best workouts when we finally decide we want them. Obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease are all real diseases that can either be avoided or affect our health and ability to exercise. While some types of cancer cannot be avoided due to genetics, etc., other types of cancer, such as lung cancer from smoking, can be. Other diseases and disorders are also either genetic or acquired through lack of healthy lifestyles.

So, this is more than just about how you look in your jeans. Consider exercising a way to stay healthy and strong for yourself and your loved ones!

Determine to get your workout in and don’t let any setbacks set you back for long!

2 thoughts on “Determination! (Part 2)

  1. Jessica says:

    All true – and #6 is my favorite. Sometimes, on a really tough day, I just decide to do the OPPOSITE of what I want to do! If I’d really prefer to take a slow, easy run — I switch it up instead and do quick Tabata intervals. If I’m feeling anxious and jumpy and really want sprints, I force myself to run a slow, steady pace instead. (And of course, if I’d rather stay in bed, I make myself get up and do *something*!!) Crazy, but it works.

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