To me, the word tenacious reminds me of a dogged determination to get things done, no matter what stands in your way. Like a pitbull.
Having no experience whatsoever with pitbulls, I'm not actually sure that they're like this. But in my head they are, so I'll stick with the reference.
I know that when it comes to my goals, I have a tenacity that won't quit. Part of it is not wanting to let myself down, part of it is not wanting to let others down. Mostly it's because I made the commitment to do something. Period. I said I would do it, and I'm going to do it.
Right now, with 11 days until my first full marathon, I am drawing on every tenacious bone in my body. Because my body thought it would be fun to start falling apart. Hip pain? Check. Quad pain? Check. Glute pain? Check. Sciatic pain? Check. WTF body. I've never even had sciatic issues before.
But I'm not going to let a few aches and pains stop me. I've started doing yoga every day. EVERY DAY. The stretches really help loosen things up, and it's calming to just breath and focus on being relaxed.
Mostly with the help of this lovely lady that my coach directed me to: Yoga with Adriene. She has a youtube channel here, and I've found her hip opener and lower back videos to be very helpful so far. Also her pigeon post video. I was already doing pigeon pose, but it's nice to go through it with some guidance.
I've also scheduled myself for a 30 minute deep tissue/stress relief massage. Because I know that part of this is psychosomatic and my brain is telling my body to freak out.
But no matter what, I will be racing. I will be finishing. I'm not letting anything stop me.
Dear body: suck it up, buttercup.
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