School and Pushing Past the Uncomfortable Pain

This Monday, I’m starting school. It has been a long time since I’ve been in school and I’m starting to get nervous. I’m not nervous about actually going to school, but more about how I’m going to handle the workload and all of my other responsibilities. I don’t remember talking about my classes before, so I thought I would share them now.

The first class to start up is a Food Writing course. This class is a basic writing course centered around food and nutrition. I’m hoping this class will help me improve my writing and grammar skills.

The second class I’m taking is Phytochemicals. This class is an overview of phytochemicals (non-nutritive compounds) of fruits, vegetables, cereals and oil seeds. This class will cover the chemistry, physiological functions and potential health implications of phytochemicals.

Sounds fun and interesting, huh? Don’t worry, I’ll share all of my wonderful education with you. I know…exciting!


The other day, I was complaining talking about how crappy my long runs have been. Well, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I can make them less crappy and whether or not they are supposed to be that way.

Yesterday, I was reading a book that talked about the pain that comes with running long distances. And how once you accept the pain, you can move on from it. It got me thinking about my long runs. I’ve been so bummed that my long runs aren’t going smoothly that I have started to lose my confidence in running and the marathon.

My long runs haven’t been physically (injury type) painful, but more of an uncomfortable pain. The type of OMGoodness I want this to end and I’m still 3 miles away pain. I’ve been giving into this pain. I realized I’m letting my mind win instead of pushing past it and letting my body win. My mental toughness has worn thin and if I don’t do something to rebuild it I’m going to lose all confidence in my running. Of course, this is easier said than done.

I read a quote that got me thinking about that uncomfortable feeling.

“The truth is that we can learn to condition our minds, bodies, and emotions to link pain or pleasure to whatever we choose. By changing what we link pain and pleasure to, we will instantly change our behavior”. ---Anthony Robbins

Just like I’m training my body to run 26.2 miles, I need to train my mind to help get me across the finish line. I need to train my mind by continually practicing a new positive way of thinking until my thoughts are natural. Similar to the saying, fake it till you make it.

“The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince.” ---Vince Lombardi.

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When was the last time you pushed yourself out of your comfort zone?


  1. Sometimes it really is mind over matter. I know it sounds cliche to say but you really can do whatever you put your mind to. You're gonna do great in school! I can't wait to read all about it.

    1. You're right, it is mind over matter. But for some reason I'm being a huge wuss and am giving into my silly thoughts.



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