Mind Over Body, or Body Over Mind - Page 2
But what does a girl do when the mind is sending negative signals, telling her to stop? Sometimes I guess I'm just not fully on board. My mental energy is starting to fade and my thoughts turn to stopping. Well, this happened to me in week six and I had to create a distraction. Look at the birds, the cars, the other runners. Think about the kids, the husband, the upcoming fifteen year class reunion I'd love to look fab for. Anything to keep my mind off of stopping. On a recent run, where I was struggling to keep my breathing under control and my self preservation instinct was kicking in - telling me to stop - I had to override it. It was hard but my body pushed through. What helped me in that moment, was realizing that my legs were fine, and I was still getting enough oxygen, I just needed to stop with the gasping and breathe deeply.
So for whatever reason, I'm enjoying running. I don't necessarily love it when I'm breathless and my legs are sore, but I love the solidarity I feel with the other people who are up before sunrise, trying to do something good for their bodies. I certainly love how I feel afterward. Hello energy! Where have you been all these years? I used to let it bother me that I might be heavier than the other people out there. Or, I might look foolish, or my form might be wrong. I'm done with all of that. Getting past that negativity was the first step in making all of this come together.
I have no idea where this all we lead. I don't see myself running a marathon, but once I conquer that 5K distance I might just tackle 10. It's all a matter of letting my mind be in charge when my body is weak, and overcoming the negative thoughts when the brain isn't on board. Sometimes the mind has to play little tricks to control the body. And sometimes, the body has to push through long enough until the logical side of me believes that this is actually possible.
An original Deep South Moms post.
When Rebecca isn't sneaking out of her house at six in the morning to try to get a run in before the boys get up, she is busily chasing them and trying to make them behave. She blogs about her silly guys at Life With Boys.