Do it and deal with it’. A motto my mum and I developed to get through the hard times. You have to do what needs to be done, and deal with it. It may sound harsh, but it’s true. Everybody goes through hard times in life, some are harder than others, but in the end, we all have to get through it. We can spend a long time dwelling over the difficulties and the downs, but ultimately that’s not going to help us. Potentially, it may only make us struggle more. The key thing to remember is: it’s the hard times that make us stronger as individuals, and as athletes. Without the difficult lows, I for one, would be nowhere near as strong mentally and physically as I am now. I have learnt to pick myself up when my mind pushes me down, and work hard to achieve your goals, no matter what they may be.
This is an amazing quote. And is helpful to think about when you may be struggling with running, or life in general. This quote was written on the front of a card my boyfriend gave to me whilst I was injured. It genuinely is true. Although at the early stages of my injury I couldn’t think of anything other than being injured, which meant I couldn’t run, once I had told myself to ‘do it and deal with it’ (multiple times), I looked at my injury in a different light. Rather than seeing it as something to dwell on and constantly ruminate over what I couldn’t do, I began to look at what I could do, and move forward. I focused on aqua jogging, getting my core stronger, and improving my arm strength. Whilst none of these were what I ultimately loved to do, I knew that if I dealt with my injury in a constructive way, it would in fact benefit me when it came to my return to running. And, surprise surprise, it did!
Sometimes all you need to do is tell yourself to toughen up! It sounds harsh, especially in an age where we are so conscious about what we say, but you can say it to yourself, and you need to. If we can pick ourselves up and move onwards through the tough times, we will become stronger for it. This doesn’t have to just relate to injuries, and running, it can relate to every aspect of life. When I was struggling to manage stress and constantly denying myself the food my body was shouting at me for, the tough love approach helped me! I will not deny that the journey was long, and extremely turbulent, but if you are able to turn your powerfully destructive thoughts into powerfully positive ones, you will be amazed at what you are capable of. I surprised myself, so you can too!
I constantly tell myself to toughen up and get on with it. In tough sessions and in life, because life is to be enjoyed and I put myself through the pain of running because I love it, therefore I always enjoy it! If it’s hard, which it undoubtedly is, I always remember my passion and determination to succeed and prove my strength, and I just ‘do it and deal with it’.
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