Monday, September 15, 2008

I think I can...

I’ve never liked running distance. I’ve always been a sprinter, better at getting things done quickly than going for the long haul, so I consider staying on this program for 2 months to be a personal triumph.

Last Saturday we were doing our weekly Endurance day where the goal is to run for distance; going longer periods to really push our level of endurance.

During the last lap I was feeling really exhausted, my feet and legs were aching, and I felt myself trying to quit. I started mumbling something like “I hate running”. I said it twice and noticed that it wasn’t helping me any to start whining about it. I remembered that I had read about self affirmations and that what we say and write affects the way we think, and the way our body works, so I turned my gripe around and started saying “I love running” under my breath. Now, I don’t believe that for a second. For me, saying “I love running” just feels like sarcasm, but it helped. I stopped noticing the pain in my legs, the cloud of exhaustion lifted and I was able to finish.

I will be trying to get more positive about this stuff from now on. Maybe saying “I love pullups” is silly, but I’m going to try to keep the griping to a minimum and maybe this will actually become…

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