Archive | August, 2018

Mental Strength aka Badgering

24 Aug

By: Lisa Cary

I believe mental strength is something that has to be worked on just as much or more as putting in the daily workouts.  Mental strength isn’t easy in developing, it develops through adversity the best.  The more adversity a person goes through, the more their mental strength can develop or falter.  The key is not to let the adversity crush you in the process.

According to Wikipedida… “Mental toughness is a measure of individual resilience and confidence that may predict success in sport, education and the workplace. As a broad concept, it emerged in the context of sports training, in the context of a set of attributes that allow a person to become a better athlete and able to cope difficult training and difficult competitive situations and emerge without losing confidence. In recent decades, the term has been commonly used by coaches, sport psychologistssports commentators, and business leaders.  There are several factors as to why a positive mentality or mental toughness is a huge benefactor to success. An elite athlete must be able to handle pressure, have self-belief and avoid any lifestyle distractions. They must have that urge to win and know that they have all the capabilities to do anything they desire. This separate’s the good athletes from the elite athletes”

To be great at anything, a person has to push through unbearable things in life, and training to improve.  If we only ran when it was nice out, then you can’t expect a PR to come easy.  If we only did what we wanted at work, we probably would be fired.  We have to work on our weaknesses, and do the things we do not really want to do.  When you push through the sludge once, it’s easier to push and persevere the next time, and the next.  Sometimes you think you might be at your breaking point, turn your mind back to a  positive focus, and push one more time just when you think you can’t take much more, then somehow you come out of  the hard time or problem.  But, at that time you are now stronger.  Pushing through mental pain, and at the right times physical pain, makes you stronger mentally and physcially and less likely to be shaken off your game when the next hard time strikes in life, or hard part in a race.  If you aren’t willing to push at difficult times, then you can’t expect to make progress to hit your ultimate goals, at work, races, and or life.

At some point in a race it’s going to hurt, and if you have trained your mind to push or badger, rather than give in and fold, that is the difference between a PR or just finishing short of your goal. At some point in life adversity will hit, if you haven’t trained your mind how to process difficulties it could wreck you.  But, if you have practiced training your mind to be positive, and persevere I believe it can be handled a little easier.  Focus on breaking down the amount of time to being positive one day at a time, then if that’s too long, one hour at a time, or even one minute at a time.  Building up and training your mind one minute at a time, adds up and develops pathways in your brain to better handle and become more natural over time.

Badgering is in my terms a meaning of I’m going to bear down, and take the pain.  I’m going to push through to the other side, and I’m not going to deal with anyone’s nonsense.  Or it could mean, I’m about to unleash the badger from it’s cage aka it’s go time.  I am feeling the pain in the race, or life and focus even more.  Badgering produces results eventually.

Mental strength can be hard, that’s the whole point.  Take one day at a time, and push yourself once out of your comfort zone, then try again, and again, and again until the pain isn’t as painful anymore, that is when you become stronger mentally and physically.  That is when you have created yourself into a strong badger.  By description the badger nature is fierce, “They have been known to savagely and fearlessly attack almost any kind of animal when escape is impossible, reportedly even repelling much larger predators such as lions”  and “They are virtually tireless in combat and can wear out much larger animals in physical confrontations.”  Badgers are virtually tireless, much like a badger we can train our minds to become like a badger tireless.


If you push when life gets hard  or the race gets hard, rather than give in  and fold, you come out a stronger person, and come out with a better result.  There will always be bad days, but you have to push through them to have the best days.  In the end it makes the best days  or best races even more special and worth all the pain.  AS one of my saying goes always, “BADGER UP!”




July Race Update

15 Aug

The month of July included Courtney McDermott running in for the win of the O”fallon Firecracker 5k!  She ran the 5k in 20:39, on the hot humid day. Stay tuned as the Runnababez get ready to race more and train for fall!