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Average_Jbob Original
This week was definitely a challenging week to stick to a workout schedule.  No, I wasn't busier than usual (although that would be a great excuse). . .I simply had a hard time getting motivated to DO anything!  Here I had PLENTY of time and VERY LITTLE ELSE to fight for my attention. . .but my feet ached, my legs hurt, my whole body was sore, and the mere thought of lacing up my shoes and going for a run was down right appalling!  Especially when I had just gotten a really good deal on the video game Fallout 4!  Surely I could benefit from sitting on the couch and exploring a vast digital wasteland!  I mean, those Raiders aren't going to destroy THEMSELVES. . .right?


. . .sigh. . .


It's times like this when I remember the saying made popular by the German cyclist Jens Voigt. . ."Shut up legs!"  That's what he would tell himself when he was competing in races like the Tour de France. . .he would ride until his legs would scream at him that they had gone as far as they possibly could, and when every fiber of his lower anatomy would be telling him that he HAD to stop he would reply "Shut up legs!" and keep going.  I love this phrase and have adopted it for my own use!  I find it to be a very useful mindset where I substitute the meaning of 'legs' to be that voice in my head that tries to talk me out of doing what I know I need to do.

Like this past week when I didn't want to go for a 4 mile run on Monday. . .Shut up legs!

. . .or there was the time on Thursday when sitting on the couch in front of the TV after a long day seemed better than going for an 8 mile run. . .Shut up legs!

. . .and then there was Saturday when it was hot outside, my feet and ankles were feeling the miles adding up and wouldn't it be so much BETTER for me to eat ice cream and play Fallout 4 than go for that silly old 10 mile trail run I had planned?  SHUT UP LEGS!

Let me tell you, I didn't miss a single run this last week. . .and it WASN'T because I have an iron will or that I'm any better a runner than anyone else. . .it's simply because I found enough strength in someone else's resolve that I could cut thru the negativity of my inner voice to tell it to pipe down long enough that I got my shoes on, got out the door, and wouldn't you know it, enjoyed myself.  There's just something about being able to push thru the haze of comfort. . .embrace the discomfort of discipline. . .and complete what you set out to do DESPITE trying to talk yourself into failing.


So the next time you find YOUR inner voice trying to derail you from your fitness goals. . .I hope you'll channel the spirit of Jens Voigt and simply say "Shut up legs!"

Average_Jbob Jun 24 · Rate: 5 · Tags: shut up legs!, motivation to run