Borrowing Limits

Sometimes I have to borrow limits.  They aren’t mine, and I promise I won’t keep them.  These limits are unfamiliar and awkward, but I have heard that I need them.  That they can help me achieve my goals.  But wait, how am I going to achieve my goals if these limits make me quit a workout or stop when there is pain.  These limits have no backbone, no will power.  These limits hold me back.  

I have been like this my whole life.  Running the 400 meters at Nationals with a broken foot when I was 12.  Finishing my first half marathon with a torn ligament in my foot.  Setting my half marathon PR of 1:29:17 when I was on antibiotics for a lower respiratory infection.  These are not achievements.  These are illustrations showing why I must borrow limits.  Praise is oftentimes given more to those who don’t quit, who push themselves to their breaking point, who fight through horrendous pain, but showing restraint can take just as much strength, just as much will power, and just as much courage.  It takes strength and discipline to complete challenging training, and it takes strength and discipline to stop and rest.  This is a new concept that I am beginning to accept.  I still don’t like it, but I believe it will help me succeed.

When I feel like I need to borrow limits, I remind myself that when they hold me back, my body will heal, and after a day or two, I will be 100% again and back on my way to achieving my goals.

Use limits to succeed.

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16 Comments

  1. “but showing restraint can take just as much strength, just as much will power, and just as much courage.” Might be my biggest lesson this year–keep learning it over and over again but just been actually embracing it through training. It’s eye opening in more ways than one. What surprised me is that I realized that learning this lesson was also about knowing and trusting myself. I’m not a lazy person–my tendency is always work HARDER, so if I need to rest, I need to rest, I never have to worry that I am babying myself, cause that is inherently just not who I am. Guessing you can relate! Great post lady! x

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    1. Having a large long term goal has helped me trust my decisions. When every other week I had an important race to run (important in my eyes) I felt that every break was costly. Now the races that I run through training that are not worth an injury so I know a day off or two is ok. Thanks for the comment! : )

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  2. I love this post Amanda. Gives a real insight into your mental toughness. This is a great asset for a runner, when races get tough it’s almost all mental. I’ve no doubt this setback won’t keep you down long. Thank you for sharing these thoughts

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    1. I am all about pushing through the pain, the fatigue, etc. I don’t know my limits with how far I can go with running, but I know I have to set limits in training through pain and fatigue based on long term consequences. : ) I hope your training is going well this week!

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