Having mental endurance is an essential element that help runners break through those difficult aspects of running. One tool that helped me build mental endurance is the practice of keeping a hand-written journal. Journaling is not for everyone. Some of us often think of writing long, descriptive daily soliloquies; however, writing a daily journal entry can be simple. Try this journaling exercise…
Grab a notebook (new or used), a stack of post-it notes, or even a loose-leaf piece of paper. It doesn’t have to be a proper journal. If using random pieces of paper, be sure to keep them together in a folder or Ziplock bag. At the end of the day, sit down and write five aspects of the day that brought joy and gratitude. The list can be simple, or even a one-word entry. For example:
1). Ran the dog
2). Ate homemade carne asada tacos for dinner
4). Kids stayed outside after school playing peacefully
5). Tie dyed socks with friends
Practice this handwritten journaling activity every day for 30 days and it will become a habit, if you follow it for 75 days, it creates a pathway— a positive pathway to the brain that helps nurture resiliency! Summertime is just around the corner and some of us may face obstacles- PCS, finding time to fit in fitness with kids, running with bigger kids on bikes, running in the heat…this list doesn’t stop here! When feeling like that wall is ahead, remember that you have this tool in your back pocket- those five things from the morning (or previous morning) that brought happiness - and smash through that wall!
Happy Running 😊