Monday, September 2, 2013

Rambling Thoughts.....

Been really thinking about how I have been feeling since my bailout at the Pikes Peak Marathon.   As some of you may or may not know I did the Ascent in subpar time and bailed on the marathon the next day due to not feeling/recovering from the Ascent.  I lost 9lbs in a 13 mile run that day, that is not right. Just burnt out and sore all the time.  Even now 3 weeks later I go out for an easy flat 6 miles only to feel like shit for 2 days.  I am not sure what to think about it anymore, it makes me want to give up running for awhile with the hope that it will come back in a month or two.

Came across this article this morning and makes me think that I should just keep on pushing until I break through.  I know it sounds like I am feeling sorry for myself but that is not it.  I am trying to figure out how to solve how I have been feeling so I can move on.  Ok, rambling over.

5 Things Mentally Tough People Don’t Do (by

5 Things Mentally Tough People Don’t Do


1) They don’t feel sorry for themselves

They understand that complaining doesn’t make the situation better.
They know that people won’t treat them they way they want to be treated, circumstances might not be ideal, and they will experience adversity; however, rather than complain about the negative aspects of their situation, they focus on what they want to happen and what they’re going to do about it.

2) They don’t give people power over them

They are not people pleasers.
They are relentless in their pursuit of their passion and aren’t worried about what other people think.
They give power to what they focus on, and if they waste their time focusing on the opinions of others, they lose sight of the things that will make them truly successful.

3) They don’t avoid change

They are always looking for ways to evolve. They believe that if they continue to give their best, their best will continue to get better over time.
With the competition continuing to get bigger, stronger, faster, and smarter; it’s important to have the mindset to improve by learning from successes and failures.

4) They don’t play small

The mentally tough swing for the fences and know that it might mean striking out a few times (or many times). Their purpose for achieving greatness casts away their fear of failure. They refuse to tip-toe through life, they intend on creating a legacy for the future by making an impact in the here-and-now.

5) They don’t focus on things they can’t control

They refuse to waste time focusing on things they can’t control because there is nothing they can do about it!
They understand that the less control a person feels the more susceptible they are to making poor decisions, falling into bad habits, and crumbling under pressure.


  1. When you say you feel like shit for two days after a six mile run, what do you mean by feeling like shit? Is it physical pain and/or soreness or is it lethargy and low energy?

    Those 5 things mentally tough people do can be accomplished in different ways based on specifically looking at where you are now, with diet, sleeping habits, type of exercising you're doing (e.g. are you doing the same run every time you head out), and perception (e.g. are you needing a different focus, physically, for a bit).

  2. It is a combination of soreness and low energy. I have gotten to the point where I think I am going to go away from running for a while and spend more time in the weight room. For some reason I have been digging that for the past few weeks. I just dread going for a run anymore.

  3. I recommend you start drinking heavily.

    Seriously though, you've been running like shit ever since you tried those trekking poles at Hardrock.

  4. Already there with the drinking. All I did all weekend was build shit with power tools and drink beer.

  5. Sounds like you just need some down time from running, it will all come back. I hiked James Peak yesterday with the wife, dog and a good friend and it might have been the most enjoyable outing this year, was great to shift gears a bit and take it "easy" (though was still a great workout). Fortunately, you have other passions and there is most likely still another good month of prime peak bagging opportunities.

    Justin Sua who wrote the 5 tips, I mostly agree, but had to wonder after I read #2 if he takes marriage/families into account here. Certainly a significant factor/challenge for many athletes.

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  7. I don't think he was pointing that towards marriage/families, I think it is more towards the negative people out there, at least that is how I view it.

    Yeah I have a couple of good climbs coming up in the next 2 weeks, hopefully that will help me bounce back a little.

    1. Yeah, I should have put a smiley face, as the comment was somewhat tongue in cheek.

      What do you have planned for climbs? Any new 14er summits?

  8. Told a coworker I would take him up Pyramid in a few weeks, I might try to do the Bells again while I am there if I have time. You?

  9. I had similar issues this past spring. Every run was a slog. On the few group runs I attempted, I was always the last one up the hill. I had to walk stuff I always run. My sure-footedness was gone. I went to the doc and had a crap-load of blood tests done. Nothing was significantly off, although B12 and iron we a little low. So, I scaled back a lot the running and started taking some iron supplements. Little by little, I started feeling better.

    So, I would say listen to your body and don't dig the hole deeper. Follow Jeff's lead and do some easy, social hiking. Do stuff you enjoy. Don't sweat the easing back on running. It's only running after all, and you'll be back to your usual nuttiness soon enough.

  10. Thanks Jim... It is good to hear that you are back at it! I think my body is going to make me back off for a bit.

  11. The human body is amazing at self regulating (though the human brain can be less than cooperative). I have become much better at listening over the years, although I still find myself in caught in the occasional mind/body battle.

    No climbs planned for me, but I'll jump on any opportunities that fit into my schedule. My wife has 5 14ers remaining (Bells, Pyramid, Capitol and LB) and am hoping that by next year she regains interest (interest that disappeared once pregnant). Our hikes in the Elks a month ago to Capitol Lake and part way up Maroon rekindled that spark a bit, so there is some hope.