It's All Mental

Courtney Plaisted

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     “It’s all mental.” - I’m not exactly sure when it happened, but somewhere along the line I started saying this phrase to myself every time I considered quitting or giving up.

 

     I think that it started back in high school.  At the time, I would run 3-4 miles every day after school.  I was too young to drive, and I didn’t have access to a gym, so I did whatever I could to get active.  Some days I felt strong - like I could run for miles.  Although other days I wanted to quit as soon as I started, but I never let myself do it.

 

     I would ask myself, “how is it that I can feel so miserable, tired, and heavy on the pavement, but my body always makes it to the finish?”  That’s when I found the answer - It’s all mental.

 

     A similar situation occurred a little over a year ago when I started implementing the lunges that are in Cory Gregory’s programming.  The first time I attempted the lunges, I set a goal for myself of 15 minutes of continuous lunges. And let me tell you, it sucked.  About 3 minutes in, I was ready to call it quits.   But I didn’t.  As silly as it sounds, I literally remember saying out loud to myself, “Courtney, stop being a little bi***.  Your legs aren’t failing, your mind is.”  Then, hating every second of it, I finished the goal that I set for myself.

     If you’ve never pushed past that mental barrier, this may sound like complete B.S. to you.  If you’ve never closed your eyes in an attempt to shut off your mind for the last half mile of a run, you probably think I’m crazy.  But whether you’re on a run, doing 600m of lunges, or about to take a heavy squat, it’s all mental.  If you can shut off the thoughts running through your head then you will finish and you will succeed.  It’s not your body that’s weak, it’s your mind.

 

     How many times have you stopped just because your brain is telling you that you’re too tired to finish?  How many times have you listened to your brain, when your body could have withstood another 20 minutes or another 3 reps? 

 

Learn to push past that mental barrier.  Learn to tell yourself “it’s all mental,” and keep f**king going.

 

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