Regulating Mental Toughness

When the sun goes down my time to train begins. Having always worked the night shift, 10-12 hour nights, my body is well adjusted to the witching hour. For me, waking up before noon to train doesn’t apply.

Between 18:00 to midnight my focus and determination floods my mind. This is what I’ve trained the internal clock to understand,”when the night hits, it’s, go time.”

As I laid there resting from cleaning out the garage and doing yard work. The feeling of determination to power through a run jumped in my head. Thoughts of becoming a better runner, a more disciplined, hard-bodied man, circled. Physically weak people have these thoughts sporadically, only to make excuses for not starting a workout. “To much pain, I don’t have enough time, I’ll do some crunches after this episode of LOST.” And isn’t that half the battle? The hardest part of any workout is getting started. 

After saying, “I’ll just do 10 minutes of cardio” that’s never where I stop, I’ll always push myself another hour. In most cases, I’ll go 90 minutes or longer. 

Preworkout Success

Over the years I’ve learned to focus on the entire details of my workout long before it even begins. In order to complete an intense mission, the body and mind must understand that it can be accomplished. The technique I use is, ‘visualization.’ This almost invariably begins on the truck ride to my training location.

Seeing myself completing the workout entirely in my mind is such an amazing and vivid practice. Along with using the patented special ops box breathing hack, (4 breaths in and 4 breaths out) my visualization prepares me for success under the toughest conditions. Simply, because I’ve taught myself that I’ve already completed the entire session. It’s best to consider all options when visualizing, that means knowing and seeing myself at the hardest part of the conditioning and pushing through the get the win because the real deal is coming soon.

Arriving for the workout

Driving up to the park with the music set for my workout. I get out of the truck, realizing the pain is coming. This is the most critical point for us warriors, it’s now or never. The headphones are attached as the walk to the starting line pumps blood and oxygen to my legs, leading to more excitement. I began with high knees and ballistic stretching to get my heart rate and breathing elevated. It’s not good to start out in a full sprint, nor will your body enjoy that if you’ve still yet to hit the half-mile mark on my long-distance run. 

The Workout Begins

What did I get myself into? Weak thoughts and mixed excuses cause one of two actions in a person during training. The weakly minded sub-athlete allows the pain to win him over. Quitting is the only option for them. For warriors, we thrive on the pain and allow it to push us across the finish line, no matter what. It was 60 Seconds into my run, that I understood what must be done to complete the mission.”Focus on ignoring the pain. Press onto the finish line, no matter the obstacles lay ahead.”

During the second mile, I chose to leave the track and speed walk up the mountain close by. Since I ran long distance already, the pain of this climb pounded my thoughts. Complete focus was the only variable getting me through at this point. My muscles began to cramp, my breathing was erratic, the thought of walkers behind me pushed me to the top, I knew I had to and could beat them. I did.

“Strength doesn't come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't.”

Photo by Maarten van den Heuvel on Unsplash   Maarten van den Heuvel

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