There was only one way I could get through my run this morning.
Slow and easy.
In my perfect world I’d only run in 75 degree or cooler weather. But I live in Raleigh, NC and have two need-lots-of-exercise dogs who aren’t allowed in the air-conditioned gym.
So I run outside year-round. And today it was hot.
This was my inner dialogue for the entire 40 minutes:Slow and easy. Almost to the top of the hill. Keep it slow. Nice and slow on this downhill. Catch your breath. Keep it slow. I can do this. Slow and easy.
Fast wasn’t the point. Finishing was. Without the constant reminder to go slow, I likely would have conked out.
The slow and easy approach works for more than just hot weather workouts. I use it any time I’m faced with a project or task that feels daunting … one small step at a time, slow and easy.
Where’s your opportunity to apply slow and easy?