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Why is it that when I ran yesterday, I stopped about 5 times?  When I did the same thing today, I blew through it and didn’t stop one time.  Over the last two days I went to Busch Wildlife in Defiance, MO and ran the same trail each time.  I usually look for trails that are off of the main trails and have little or no traffic.  The trail that I ran was mostly steep hills with a lot of high grass and brush.

After wrapping up my run yesterday I was pretty disappointed in myself.  I’ve got a 13 mile Spartan Race (Beast) coming up in about a month in Vermont.  It’s going to have plenty of hills and I need to be training on hills for it.  I was just in Vermont running Hills, a couple of weeks ago.  I felt great running them.  Yesterday, I sucked ass.  I wasn’t tired I just didn’t want it bad enough.

I had planned on running the hills out there both days and was pissed at myself most of the day yesterday for not pushing myself.  I went to bed late last night and woke up late this morning.  I was contemplating blowing off my run later in the week.  For whatever reason, I decided to head back out to Busch Wildlife.  I realized that I wasn’t really focusing on my goals or my upcoming races.  I was going through the motions and that was it.  I didn’t really feel like I had anything to run for, not even myself.

I didn’t get to where I am by taking the easy way out.  I didn’t always have someone to push me.  I don’t care where you are in life, if you give yourself the chance to slip you better realize it and pick yourself up and go after what you want.  I did just that, as soon as I started my run.  First I got pissed at myself for letting myself down yesterday.  Second, I thought about what I would be going through on the 21st in The Spartan Beast.

Not only did I finish the same run without stopping but I ran and extra hill at the end.  Don’t let your mind slow you down or hold you back.  Make it push you forward and keep you going.  Focus on your goals.  


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