One more rep. One more mile. One more second. When every inch of your body is covered in sweat, pain, and discomfort, one more of anything is unfathomable. But what makes people do? Where does one pull so much perseverance, determination, and energy needed to go that extra “one?” People cheering you on as you run that one more mile? Your coach yelling at you to pick up that bar? Knowing that last second of Tabata hollow rocks means you’re done for the day? While all of those do indeed help, there is another source driving you forward: you. You signed up for the marathon. You are pulling the bar from the floor, thrusting it overhead. You are working on your flexibility and positioning your body in a way inconceivable to most.
Every person has their own reason(s) behind why they do what they do. Reasons are good, and serve as motivators. These reasons got you to one place- the start of something new and amazing. But your reasons may not be good enough when presented to others, which will make you doubt why you are doing it in the first place. Self-doubt, coupled with doubt from others, will take that initial amazement away from you. The “suck” of the activity will set in, and your body will falter along with your mind. The “suck” invites its friends “injury” and “discouragement,” which will stay with you as long as doubt is present.
The first thing I do in the face of “suck” and its lovely friends is think back to my personal best. My fastest mile, my heaviest overhead, my first headstand. My best is the proof I need that I can do, because I did. What I have done cannot be undone; it is mine to carry with me through that last mile, that last rep, and that last second. You take a deep breath, you center your thoughts, you engage your core, and you go. My reason behind my actions push through; I do, because some day I will not. Suddenly, the “suck” doesn’t seem so bad anymore.
Elena De Giacomo
Fitmark Ambassador 2013
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