The sun is out, but I’m inside.
Projects are rolling in, but I keep procrastinating.
I’m full, but I keep eating.
I have track practice tonight, and I just.don’t.want.to.go.
You ever have days like this?
They are not very RADiant.
The question is: How do get yourself going when you are just BLAH?
I rely on two things:
- My “I believe’s”
- My loving peeps to drag me, kicking and screaming, back to my shiny, sassy self
I Believe Running is Better than Therapy.
Well, maybe it’s not YOUR therapy, but it is mine.
When your mojo is dusty or has been trampled, it’s hard to shake it out and prop it up. If you are like me, I rather not wallow in my pity party…well, at least not longer than about 15-20 minutes. I rather distract myself.
I’m finding I’m good at that. Not sure if we could call that a “right way” to deal with stress, but it sure beats hiding under the covers wishing away the problems.
But today, I find it hard to pick up those shoes and bring myself back to life on the track.
Instead I pick up my pen and write.
Whatever works, right?
Okay, so I’m halfway there, but I still need to run. That’s my BEST therapy…oh, and I have races to think about!!!
So I turn to #2 – My Peeps Who Get ME and Inspire Me
I almost texted my blonde bestie, Kari B, but I know she has no sympathy for me. She’s going to be at practice ready to rock it.
So I figure I’ll see what kind of sympathy I can drum up from my coach. On Sunday, after a Saturday night race, a Sunday morning open water swim, and 10 mile bike ride, he let me get out of practice. Maybe he will be easy on me today and tell me to take the day off.
I send him a “feeler” text:
“Hi. Coming (to practice) after (I teach) RIDE tonight. Should I save my legs?” Translation: I’m going to be tired, so can I please just not come to practice. I wouldn’t want to overdo it.
“Always.” Translation: Not only should you be at practice, but come ready to work! No whining aloud.
“Sigh…alright. Lacking my mojo today. May need to resort to caffeine.” Translation: You know I don’t drink much caffeine, so I must be really tired. Please tell me to stay home.
“That a girl!” Translation: Do what you need to do, because this workout is going to require it!
Damn. No way out of it now.
I Better Show Up
In order to succeed in my goals. I need to show up. Not for my coach, or my training partners, but for ME. When you show up for yourself, transformation happens. Your RADiance shines. The mojo is restored. And for me, that equals – a kick-ass run.*
What does showing up for yourself mean for you? Better choices? A stronger run? A new outlook on life? Restored mojo? Shiny RADiance?
The next time you need to feel good, but can’t muster up the shiny, happy people in your head, turn to your support and your beliefs. Maybe a mantra or verse that inspires you to pull up your big girl panties and do something! Here are a few ideas that you can use :
- Friends with the same goals
- Coach or training partner
- Your favorite quote, verse, or saying
- Blasting your most inspiring, move-your-butt music
- Even your Facebook tribe can help!
Reach out for a push, or tug, to pick you up. Show up for yourself every day, even when you don’t want to. I will be here to help.
Be RADiant –
**Here is what awaited me after I pushed myself hard in RIDE class: 8x400s at the track all at a consistent pace. It was AWESOME. I am so glad I went!