My Ego Is A Big Jerk!

This water bottle got all cozy with the milk and bananas because of my ego.

I could have (should have!) gone to a speed workout with AGTC this morning at 5:45am. But I didn’t. And I only have myself to blame.

I had every intention of making it happen. I went to bed early. I remembered to set the alarm—even double-checked it was for a.m., not p.m. But this morning when the clock started bleeping, a negative little voice in my head began to talk…

“You haven’t worked out like this in months,” it said as I climbed out of bed. “You’ll be slower than everyone else,” it whispered to me in the kitchen when I tossed a nuun tablet into my water bottle. “You’ll look stupid coming in last on every sprint,” it shouted while I pulled on a pair of running tights.

That nagging voice wore down my resolve, and sadly I gave in. I tossed my pants back into the closet, put the water bottle in the fridge, and climbed under the covers. And now, I’m annoyed.

Instead of working my butt off with a bunch of like-minded people this morning, I have to go for a run alone. I could have (should have!) had fun working with teammates to push myself harder. I could have (should have!) been done already. But no, I allowed my ego and its fears of looking stupid, being slow, and experiencing pain to prevent myself from doing that.

I’m challenging myself to ignore my ego for the rest of the week.

Do you have any good comebacks for the negative little voice in your head? Has your ego ever held you back?

Are You Addicted To Pain, Too?

I did a speed workout this morning. Even though I was holding back, taking it easy because my body still isn’t completely better (stupid cough!), I could tell it was one of those sessions that I’m going to feel later today. And the thought of my muscles aching made me smile.

The health community refers to it as delayed onset muscle soreness, and it can creep up anywhere between 4 and 48 hours after a tough run. “It’s a sign that your muscles are adapting to the strain you’re putting them under—they’re getting stronger,” says Carol L. Otis, M.D., a sports medicine doctor in Portland, OR. Don’t let mild discomfort keep you from knocking out the rest of your workouts this week, she says. “The key is to manage the pain with ice, stretching, or ibuprofen.” Bigger, stronger, faster? Yes, please!

I know it sounds strange, but I like the pain. It makes me feel, um, alive, as though I’ve done something really tough and now I get to experience the after effects. Still, when my body is super sore I’ll hit up the good doc’s pain relief remedies. I also like to rub Ole Henriksen Muscle Comfort Lotion on my legs. It’s loaded with peppermint essential oil which leaves your skin feeling tingly and cool—kind of like the sensation you get after sitting in an ice bath.

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Do you like feeling sore after a good workout, too?

Originally posted in Running With It on Shape.com.