Our Role Mothers have consistently shown us grace, inspiration, and strength on the road and the race course, and now we're asking about mental toughness. It means something different to everyone, from the tenacity to make it through difficult miles to turning running a lifetime commitment. Here, they offer up their takes. Add your own down below!
Nicole, the regular runner
When I don't want to get out and run, I tell myself the first mile is always the toughest. So I tell myself, “Just get through Mile One and done.” The “catch” is that after the first mile you’ve found your groove and will just keep going. If it’s truly, truly horrible, you have to run back home, so at least you’ll have TWO miles under your belt.
Melissa, the marathoner
On mile 25, I'm thinking, Sweet mother of God, Mary, Joseph, and whoever else is currently keeping me upright, just exactly how long is 1 POINT 2 miles anyway? Please mirage of a finish line, come closer!!
Ashley, the beginner
I’ve played volleyball and softball multiple nights during the week for years, but neither pushes my body to continuously work like running has. I have never run a single race, not even a 5K, but I am determined to train my butt off to run a half-marathon in 2016!
Pam, the grandmother
In 2006, my rheumatologist told me I also had fibromyalgia. But I kept walking and logged a little over 400 miles the following year. In 2009, I logged almost 1,400 miles.
Sarah, the triathlete
When working out starts to feel like work, I call a BRF (or, in my case, a BTF--Best Training Friend) and meet up for a run, bike, or swim. Surrounding myself with strong, ambitious athletes is all the motivation I need!
Tania, the sputterer
I keep going because every time I finish a race I feel: Awesome. Accomplished. Proud. Amazing. Like a rock star. And hungry.