“I am a 1:39 half-marathon runner.”
Not yet, but I will be.
“This will make me stronger.”
I woke my mind and muscles up with an hour of yoga this morning; Alex invited us to focus on our own mantras. This could be something very different for each person, depending on their goals, their attitude, their outlook, their mindset for now.
My thoughts immediately went to a current goal of mine; a 1:39 half marathon. I know I can do it; I know my legs need some work to get there.
My thoughts didn’t stop there; the second quote above is what I repeat on really tough workouts. It could be the end of 20 miles, or the end of 3 tempos. It could during the last 5 seconds of a 2-minute plank hold, or during a tough push up a hill on the bike. The only way I can keep my muscles moving is to remind them, you’re getting stronger.
What’s your tough-workout mantra?
As class progressed today, we dived into deeper backbends, stretches and mind games. I found other things popping into my own head:
I am a hard worker.
I am dedicated to the challenge, and the practice.
I actually wasn’t relating it to yoga, initially (ooops, be present!), but it worked either way. I was relating it to a new job, new speed tempos, new strength routines, new daily routines; accepting the route and going with it.
Our two goal poses really pushed past limits, we ultimately worked into this:
Work towards something; we don’t gain anything from ease, we gain from the push.
I am a 1:39 half marathon runner. I am dedicated to the challenge.
Go for it – what’s your mantra right now?