This morning tried the hip out and went for a run, it was the first run in 17 days, but who's counting? I did a quick warm up and then headed outside with the goal of 2 miles, the morning was cold and gorgeous, I didn't realize how much I had missed running outside.
Within a couple blocks the running was feeling hard and I starting to feel defeated, thoughts like, I should just go home, I am not a real runner, this is too hard, I should cancel my plans to run next weekend at the TLC groundhog underground run in Kansas City. I was ready to turn around and head home when I remembered my mantra, I have never used it before while running, but after reading this article at Runner's World I had decided I needed one, I am the Queen of negative thinking when my runs get hard. Instead of stopping I kept running and repeating, "Be Strong, Feel Brave" and guess what? It worked, I quick focusing on what was hard, and how running made me feel strong and powerful and I knocked out those 2 miles without any problem.
If I hadn't repeated those words and focused myself I would have missed this.
Do you use a mantra or phrase for when the running gets hard? What is it? What does it mean to you?
I chose mine because for me running is about being strong, and stepping outside my comfort zone.