How Do You Have An Epic Finish To Your Workout? Plus Friendly Friday

by TaylorR

Another week is behind us, and I hope you had a fulfilling one. A week where you can look back and say, that wasn’t so bad!

Isn’t it funny that we complain that time flies far too fast, yet we celebrate fast weeks and complain about those weeks that just seem to go by at a snail’s pace?

Just something I found myself thinking about…

Something else I’ve been thinking about lately?

How to dig deep and just do it… how to push with everything you have when you’re tired and when muscles are screaming?

How Do You Finish Strong

I was telling my boot campers about my race this past weekend and ended the story with my epic finish and one of them asked the question:

“How do you do it? How do you dig deep and finish with more intensity when you’re so tired? How do you find the motivation to push just a little bit harder to finish strong?” 

She then told me that no matter how hard she tries, at the end of a timed interval or at the end of a run, she doesn’t know how to give it more “umph”, though deep down she knows there is more.

For me personally, it’s almost as if I push all of my thoughts out of my head, I take a deep breath, and I literally say “screw it, here I go”  then I just let me body do the work. In that moment I don’t think about what motivates me, I don’t think about the mechanics, I just do.

I find that trying to think of something motivating when the end is so near is too costly, too time consuming. Instead, this is the time to put your head down, and trust that your body knows that it’s doing. Yes, it’s going to hurt, but that hurt will be short lived and in its place a feeling of pride and achievement.

There really is nothing like having a strong finish.

I read somewhere that when it comes to eating people remember the details most about their appetizer and dessert. The entree or the “middle” meal gets pushed out of memory. And I feel the same is true with fitness.

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When I am running, if I start strong and finish stronger, then who cares about the middle? The feelings at the end will be a reflection of how I crossed that finish line.

But this is just me… I would LOVE your thoughts.

How do you find that extra bit of fuel to go ALL OUT when you need to?

Link Love 

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And to finish off the work week, I would love to share some of the great reads from around the internet world. If you have time, definitely check them out!

And if you’ve read something worth sharing, please leave it in the comments!

Two Steps To A Bathing Suit Body Via CarlaBirnberg

I love this, and it’s the lesson that I hope I can teach my daughter, should I ever have one. It’s an important lesson for us all going into the summer!

How To Avoid Runners Trots via RunToTheFinish

Sounds repulsive, but 99% of runners have had stomach issues at one time or another. A run is going great until all of a sudden you stop in your tracks, eyes go wide and you wonder where the closest bathroom is. And if you’re thinking about getting into running… read this!

Changing Our Tune On Exercise via New York Times

This NY Times blog post is great! For years people have been trying to motivate others to exercise for better long term health only to have blah results. The secret is now out what we should be doing to encourage people to move more! What motivates you?

Some Assembly Required: Creating Crafty Conditioning Workouts via GirlsGoneStrong

Get some tips on lifting faster, not longer and great tips on putting kick ass workouts together.  There are several great tips on putting together structured workouts to help change things up! But of course, if you prefer workouts already designed for you check out FitWomensWeekly! :)

10 Benefits Of Body Weight Exercises via PurelyTwins

You know that I LOVE body weight training! I’ve announced my love on more than one occasion! So it’s always refreshing to see others share the love!

Share your thoughts below! 

 

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Jojo @ RunFastEatLots March 21, 2014 at 7:51 am

I love finishing strong! I practice that for my races during my training runs. No matter what kind of run I’m doing, I try to push it when I am near the end. I increase my pace and heart rate, then make sure that I cool down by jogging or walking

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Courtney @ harnessyourenergy March 21, 2014 at 11:56 am

I love that I just came across this today. Just the other day I was running with a friend & we had this same discussion. What helps us finish strong when we really feel like ditching the running shoes & relaxing on the beach? I repeat to myself over and over again- the faster I go now, the quicker I’ll be finished. That’s my motivation. If I slow down, or if I stop, the run (or whatever you’re doing) well actually last twice as long. Sports, training and running (especially running) is very mental. I believe it’s very important to train ourselves to think strong, be mentally tough- be a gladiator. I wrote a little bit more about what that really means here: http://harnessyourenergy.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/gladiator/ . I think the concept of self-talk is a concept that rarely gets discussed and can make huge differences in your workouts, races and life in general :)

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Kim March 21, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Funny – we read the same things pretty much!!!
I love to finish hard – that feeling of knowing you have left it all on the table is the best!!!

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