My client inspired today’s Monday’s Mental Toughness exercise! She has been struggling to keep her mental game strong in the middle of her runs; often her emotions overcoming her ability to keep running. Running has been one of her hardest cardio exercises to complete and her goal is to complete a 5k by the end of the summer.
Running, especially inside on a treadmill, can become boring and thus your focus is heightened on every step and every breath you take.
Try this next time you head out for a run:
Create a Spotify list of your ten favorite songs that pump you up and make you want to dance. Assuming each song is 2 mins long you will have 20 mins of HIIT cardio covered with great tunes. Once you begin running you will walk every other song, which will allow you to complete a 2 min HIIT run with 100% effort. The walk will allow your heart rate to slow down and while during the walk you repeat to yourself a positive mantra. Next time you go for a run only walk half the song, instead of the full song. Each run you lower your walk time until you are running for the entire HIIT cardio!
Let’s go out and RUN!
*picture is of me after I completed my FIRST half-marathon!