Pushing past the pain
The New York Times has a very interesting story about elite athletes — runners in particular — and how they are able to train beyond their threshold of pain. I’ve always found this absolutely fascinating because this is that gray area where the mind has more “say” than the body. Personally, I try to focus on the pain as much as I can. I try to focus on the feeling itself to the point where you embrace it. I familiarize myself with the sensation so much that I can “run through” the pain. (Or lift through it if I’m doing weight training.) My favorite quote from the story:
“Mental tenacity — and the ability to manage and even thrive on and push through pain — is a key segregator between the mortals and immortals in running”
I believe that 100%.