Entry fees are paid, a hotel is selected and celebratory champagne brunch is booked! You are financially invested in and 100% dedicated to your athletic goal. Now you have to prepare to fight for it. You must become durable. The term durability refers to one’s ability to “resist wear, decay; [to be] lasting, enduring.” A durable athlete maintains a steadfast course towards their goals with a combination of physical toughness and mental toughness. Both are assets East Coast Run Project seeks to create while helping you become a better athlete.
Physical toughness is more than just fighting it out for a sixteen week training cycle while avoiding injuries and staying focused. Another term for mind over matter, physical toughness means bearing down and making your way through uncomfortable situations without any thought of quitting.
Physical toughness is not just strength. You can be plenty strong without having much toughness. The ability to overcome challenging situations and still perform well is the trademark of a physically tough athlete. They can adapt to difficult terrains, continue functioning after a misstep and recover quickly. This kind of grit, however, does not develop overnight.
You have to be disciplined and dedicated. You must acknowledge that you are capable of more than your mind leads you to believe. Push yourself each day to give your body a new challenge: shorter rest, a workout outside, a run through the deep sand. Each test will make your body physically tougher. Ultimately, the key to being a physically tough athlete is getting comfortable with being uncomfortable. And that takes practice.
Finally, physical toughness is not blind. It has a soft side. A tough athlete knows how important it is to listen to and respect your body because the last thing they want is to push it beyond its limits into over training or injury. Challenge your body while being sure to give it the water, food and rest it needs.
East Coast Run Project is here to guide you on your journey to becoming a more dedicated, physically and mentally tougher athlete. We can’t wait to have you visit again!