Believe You Can and You’re Halfway There

Here’s a short #CommutingThought I had recently. Oftentimes, we are already capable of achieving the things we want to do. It’s just ourselves that we have to convince.

It started when people who run faster and more often than me told me that they’re afraid they won’t be able to finish a marathon. This has happened lots of times, with runners who train smarter and better than I do. If they’re just being humble, then that’s fine with me. If not, then I think they just need more “lakas ng loob” or inner strength.

This can be done through training. In terms of running, working up to a 42/50/100/160-kilometer run is managed by simply increasing the training mileage. And through this process, we make our bodies adapt to the stress. But more importantly, training helps our minds become accustomed to the hardship we endure to achieve our goals. For the people I mentioned that train harder than I do, the only thing missing is to take the risk and register for that race.

“The hard part isn’t getting your body in shape. The hard part is getting your mind in shape.”
-Amby Burfoot

When our target is to run a distance longer than anything we’ve ever ran, it can be intimidating. This is because we’re entering new territory. We’re trying to do something we’ve never done before. And this mostly affects us mentally. Our bodies don’t know our personal records, they have no idea of how long we’ve run, they just go where our mind tells them to go. So it is our minds that we need to convince.

“Believe you can do it. Think no other way but ‘Yes you can.’ The human body is capable of considerably more physical endurance than most of us realize.”
-Paul Reese

So I believe that training helps us mentally more so than physically, because I think even an average person can finish 42 kilometers. They just have to want it. And they need to want it bad. Bad enough to start training and bad enough to stay in training.

“Good physical training is important. But what goes on in your head will determine whether you’ll win or lose, whether you’ll be able to break through a psychological barrier or not – and whether you’ll hold a medal in your hands and smile with satisfaction at the end.”
-Tim Noakes

Therefore, I think that any average runner with decent training can finish a marathon, and this first finish is the most important because this is the finish that breaks mental barriers! After doing 42 kilometers, you mindset changes from “can I do this?” into “can I do this even faster?”

“Your toughness is made up of equal parts persistence and experience. You don’t so much outrun your opponents as outlast and outsmart them, and the toughest opponent of all is the one inside your head.”
-Joe Henderson

And this lesson shouldn’t be only applied to running, it can be used in any challenge that we’re facing. I’ve used this mindset in weightlifting, cliff-jumping, job interviews, commuting, etc. Just remember the mindset that you already have everything you need to do it the first time. After that, the other times will be easier.

For the gaming inclined, think of this as grinding and grinding and grinding in order to unlock that one special item or moveset. And once you unlock it, it will be with you so long as you keep using it. And you can use it whenever you want!

I guess this post is for everyone doubting themselves. Don’t. If you’re doing your best in training, then you have nothing to worry about. Weaker, slower, fatter, thinner people than you have finished harder races. Believe in yourself and unlock that mindset.

My friend Renson finishes his first 50km Ultramarathon because he believed in himself and took the risk
My friend Renson finished his first 50km Ultramarathon; What’s your excuse?

And remember that the task ahead of you is never greater than the strength within you. Lundagin mo,beybeh.

-jgzn

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