Where I’ve Been
Hey, y’all. I haven’t been posting on here as I said I would be, but that’s changing now. Thankfully I have a brother who calls me out on my BS. I’ve been lazy with no excuses.
SPHP is going well! Down from 185.6 to 170.2 at the moment. Another update: I am in the process of building the blog still. I’ve tried to insert a comment feature with WordPress plug-ins with no success so far, but it will happen soon. Stay tuned.
Mental Toughness & Recent Thoughts
Recently I’ve been reading and listening to a couple books and quite a few podcasts on mental toughness. One of which being Spartan Up! – written by Joe De Sena, the CEO and founder of Spartan Race. Before reading his book, I thought Spartan races were cool, but I thought of them as kind of a fad. Just another mud run. Supposedly, this isn’t so. De Sena delves deep in his book into the why behind obstacle course racing. He talks about how we aren’t challenged enough in modern society. Being comfortable, we become complacent. Complacent, we become stagnant. Spartan races change that. Designed to “rip people off the couch,” they bring us a challenge that is both accessible and out of our reach.
The real change, De Sena writes, happens during training. He describes ways he trains in order to develop this mental toughness required for obstacle course racing. For example, he wakes up at 4 AM, takes a cold shower, then goes through his daily training which he calls his, “60 minutes of pain.” He trains on an empty stomach, teaching his body to run on no food and little water. He even does some workouts blindfolded, some in extreme cold, some in extreme heat – anything he can do to develop a stronger mind during training.
What This Means for Me
I love this whole mentality. Honestly, I’m pretty weak mentally. That’s the whole point of this six pack challenge – I want a stronger mind in order to push my body further. I want to be better. Although I’m not training for a Spartan race yet, I have already begun implementing some of these training strategies this past week. I took cold showers. I woke up at 4:30AM for multiple days in a row without hitting snooze. I walked six miles on a 20 hour fast. So far, I am getting better little by little. There’s more to come this week, and I can’t wait to see where it takes me. What will you do for a stronger mind? Let us know in the comments below.
As always, live greatly my friends!
– Sarah Cate