About long runs.
“The key to success is to focus our conscious minds on things we desire not things we fear.” -Brian Tracy
I know I talk on and on about how I am getting back into distance running after a few injuries but it is because my brain is thinking about it constantly:)
I used to not even really think about my long run until the second I actually started to run them but now I get nervous about my upcoming long runs at least TWO DAYS in advance.
My thoughts include:
What if I don’t finish?
What if something starts hurting?
What if I end up frozen in the gutter somewhere and never get to eat froyo again?
What it all boils down to is: WHAT IF I FAIL? The fear of failing.
We have been talking about overcoming our fears in one of the classes I teach and today we read this quote and it hit HARD! (Quotes from THIS article).
“Fear is a self-fulfilling prophesy that is guaranteed to produce an experience that matches the intensity of your feelings of fear.”
Uh….I guess I gotta stop fearing the long run otherwise I am just asking for The Law of Attraction to hunt me down and stop me from completeing my run.
The good news is….I am the one doing this to myself and therefore I am the one that can STOP IT!!!
“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t- you are right.” -Henry Ford.
“Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are your fears.” -Rudyard Kipling
So, here goes…at this moment I am changing my though process and working on developing new habits to get back to my old way of running….fearless. (This time I will just be a little smarter about it…injury-wise:)
“Fear is simple to overcome once you understand exactly what it is and whit it does for you. What makes it tough? All habits of thought are difficult to change ONLY because they are habits. That’s it. Nothing more.”
What are YOU afraid of?
Do you get nervous about doing your long runs?
What is your run/workout this weekend?
16 miles that I CAN and WILL do successfully:)